Garden of Life Fitbiotic

FitBiotic closeupI will be the first to admit that I never got the hype in those yogurt commercials aimed at the ladies. On some level, I could understand the principles of good bacteria residing in the gut aiding in digestion and fighting infectious invaders. What did not ring true to me was that they could make me feel better.

The Dr. Formulated Fitbiotics by Garden of Life has 4 grams of prebiotic fiber, which is basically the plant based fiber that nourishes the good bacteria. It also helps one to feel fuller, possibly helping to keep healthy blood sugar levels.

At the recommendation of a trusted friend at a local natural nutrition center, I tried them. I didn’t really expect to feel much, but I honestly did feel better about two weeks in. The powder mix is pretty, well, mixable. I use a re-purposed coconut water glass bottle, and shake just a little while. My daughter says it looks like soapy water, but unflavored, it is not all that bad. Although I did not lose weight beyond my normal fluctuation, I felt lighter. Once I finished the first box of twenty, I felt like I was impervious to infection. This is something that I will keep in the rotation.

The only downside for me is that it is recommended to use with unheated food or beverage. Ideally I would use it first thing in the morning, but coffee keeps those around me alive. You see my dilemma. It’s worth working around it, so what I do is wait for lunch, which is usually cold for me. I am going to have to search for how long one needs to space the heated food or beverage, as I can drink coffee all day. I will add what I find.

Bach Rescue Remedy

Bach and NinkaWho would have thought that this dog had anxiety issues? Look how well she meditates. Well, I would like my pets to be as naturally healthy as possible too, so I thought I would try this “veterinarian recommended” anti-anxiety treatment that I found at my local natural nutrition center.

Ninka (our dog) sometimes gets a little spooled up when people walk by the house, look at Mama eating her food, slow motion walk, etc. etc. You get the idea. I thought maybe Ninka could benefit from this gentle natural remedy to mellow her out. I followed the directions of four drops on the pupper’s treat. It indicates to repeat as required.

I am no canine behaviorist, but I have studied YouTube and Discovery Channel. I honestly did not notice any appreciable difference in Ninka’s demeanor. There was a very short period after the administration where she was a little more focused and less antsy about people outside; however, it was most likely the result of anticipating another treat.

It wasn’t an outrageously expensive experiment, and I had high hopes. For our fur friend though, I do not believe it was working. That’s not to say that it wouldn’t work for others, and I would love to hear from someone who has actually had success with it. If you have, please drop me a line, and I will include your results in an update.

All in all, no harm done. It’s a natural product that was reasonably priced. Just like in humans, I believe in trying natural alternatives first. In this case, I think it will be more doggie meditation and perhaps leash side counseling, as the temperature comes down from the 100s.