How much time do you invest in your gut health? Do you read up on articles? Do you know what foods cause your bloat? Do you understand how
your body works? If you answered HELL YES to all the above, you are seriously amazing and please teach me your ways!! But, if you are like
me, and find it hard to understand the warning signs our body gives us.... you might want to keep on reading.
Let’s go back to 2015 - the year it all began. For as long as I could remember, my body generally did a good job at taking care of itself. From the outside, I didn't see any signs that would concern me about my health... little did I know, world war 3 had already begun inside. From 2015 to 2017 all hell broke loose. I experienced inflammation in my stomach, inflammation all along my esophagis, with my stomach bloating so hard every couple of days which left me wanting to cry in bed. For the most part I could eat or drink anything I wanted without any reactions, but at least 2-3 times a week a meal would come up for no reason. In 2017, I turned to a bunch of doctors searching for an answer. I found out I had stomach ulcers, along with a 7cm cyst on my right ovary. I was initally diagnosed with endometrious, which was later discovered to "only" be PCOS. Fast forward 6 months, I had spent thousands of dollars on surgeries, medications, scans and doctors appointments to tell me finally these 2 issues were fixed (Cyst burst & stomach ulcers gone)... but still, my health seemed to be on the downfall.
In October 2017, I attended a fitness event which handed out these incredible goodie bags filled with health and fitness freebies. Within the package was a tub of greens powder by the company @ponoprobiotics. PONO Gorgeous Greens is a protein rich greens supplement for natural energy and vitality; antioxidant and nutrient support for a healthy, alkaline digestive environment; a enzyme rich prebiotic to nourishes the microbiome, and; it’s loaded with 10 Billion good bacteria for increased immunity and digestion.
Dextrose, Spirulina powder, Xylitol, Chlorella powder, Mung Bean Powder, Organic Alfalfa powder, Organic Wheat Grass powder, Papaya fruit extract, Probiotic blend (5 Billion CFU Lactobacillus acidophilus per 3g , 5 Billion CFU Lactobacillus plantarum per 3g ).
I started to add 1 spoonful of greens to a glass of water every morning. 1 week turned into 1 month and the difference was outstanding. The bloat had reduced so such and my insides started to feel at ease. 7 months after using Pono, I started to see a nutritionist to learn a little more about my body and how I could make it flourish further. I had some testing done on my gut health.... and surprise surprise, my gut was singing from the probiotics. Over a year now and I have never looked back. Also, before you go “Well I don’t like the taste of greens powders”, don’t worry, they have you sorted. With a range of flavours from greens, coconut, lychee iced green tea and their latest new product Nourishing Reds.
Take care of your body, and it will take care of you. I have a long journey ahead of me, but I am grateful to have found my first supporting product to help me along the way.