Motherhood requires levels of energy I never anticipated. It requires stamina and feeling good...for all the trips up and down the stairs, hunting for toys under the sofa, and for making dinner with one arm while carrying a child with the other. But, more importantly, being a mother requires wellness for all the fun and wonderful memories ready to be made. Taking hikes, crawling into homemade forts, throwing the football, running after a little one learning to ride a bike...there's no one else who can take your place. Being a fun and active mom calls for a healthy mom.
I'm turned 38 last week, and feeling my best is not as easy to come by as it once was. With young children at home, moms tend to take care of everyone else but themselves. Sometimes we skip breakfast, make a meal out of potato chips and sour cream dip, or drink more coffee than we do water. I so often find myself campaigning for more nutrients in my boys' diets, while I forgo a healthier regimen. I always pay for it later when my entire system gets sluggish.
Then, add in stress and the challenges of real life, and you really see why the ancients thought that the stomach was the seat of one's emotions. What goes on with my belly usually makes a difference in my energy level, how I feel, and whether I go on a hike or stay on the couch.
I'm making an effort to be proactive in this more than ever before. Why? Because I want to be healthy enough and have enough energy to be the active mom I want to be with my six boys. And, these days, I'm looking to preventative forms of health, rather than simply addressing lack of energy with espresso or tummy trouble with antacids.
If you've been reading awhile, you know that we've been incorporating probiotics in our routine through yogurt, kombucha, and fermented foods. I quite enjoy the process of making some of these foods that carry probiotic benefits, but sometimes the help of an at-the-ready probiotic is convenient for a busy life and for travel.
Because i am a fan of probiotics, Nature's Way contacted me about their Probiotic Pearls, supplements that deliver active culture probiotics. I'm looking forward to incoporating these supplements in my daily routine as well as taking a few of these with us during any future travels. They don't require refrigeration, and are an easy way to include live cultures in your system while far from home and away from your normal diet. And because probiotic Pearls survive stomach acid, they can deliver good bacteria to your intestines allowing you to get after the things you have to do. They allow me to be there for all those active things my kids want their mom to do with them. And, that, is worth my energy.
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Here's to a healthy and happy you!
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