I'm on a journey to find health and happiness through a more holistic and green lifestyle.

I find the world to be abrasive. =) That is to say, I feel the need to armor myself, physically and emotionally, in order to face life. Don't we all? Maybe. For whatever reason, it has become a priority in my life to rid my immediate environment of irritating things. And I'm sensitive! So there is much work to be done. But. I have thought for a long time that the things I come in contact with every day, and the stuff used to clean and maintain these things, need to be gentle and non-toxic. I have had eczema my entire life. For a long time I just dealt with it, and accepted that sometimes it's bad, and sometimes it's not, and that it will fluctuate a lot. Gradually over time I have come to find that certain things, fabrics, cleansers, materials, are more irritating to my skin than others. Stress can exacerbate it. In more recent times, I have realized that every aspect of my life improves when I improve conditions for my skin. Hah! What a concept! Thus my (long time) interest in going green, and my more recent desire to live a more holistic lifestyle. (I think I've felt a desire for a long time to live in a harmonious way with myself, my surroundings, and nature, but didn't have a name for it.) Anyhow, this blog is a journal of my trials and errors, and basic crooked path to find a balanced and peaceful existence for myself and my family. Thanks for your interest! I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


I am constantly reading, on the Holistic Moms loops and other places, that people take probiotic supplements for health and immunity. In my efforts to become healthier and more natural in my approach, I shopped for and bought some probiotic capsules. They are not inexpensive (!) but the ones I found at my local natural food store were much less expensive than those I've looked at online. As there were many to choose from and I don't know one from the next, I asked the advice from a man who worked in the store. This is what I've come home with:

What does it do? Well..... it is a blend of bacteria, each of which does its own thing. In a nutshell, the idea is that the bacteria will help the gut keep healthy. It claims to be able to possibly help people who have trouble digesting lactose, for example. Probiotics supposedly help children who have eaten foods too early in life and have developed "leaky gut." (ew) That just means that things go through the weak stomach lining that aren't supposed to. And it can help adult bellies heal, too. They claim to be helpful with irritable bowel syndrome. One strain "has been clinically proven to stimulate immune response..." and so forth. Anyhow, I got them, and I will try them out. I have convinced my husband to try them, also. (What a good sport!) I'll keep you posted if there's anything to follow up with. I plan to start with a half-capsule, because someone on HMN reported getting stomach cramps when starting probiotics, and another said her system had to get used to it. I think I'll try to avoid that problem if possible..... Isn't that the opposite of helping the gut??

Am I nuts? Maybe.

Someone just told me that probiotics may be able to help with eczema.... that would be good news, indeed.

The following information came from HERE:

"Studies suggest that babies at high risk for allergic disorders such as eczema have different types and numbers of bacteria in their digestive tracts than other babies, and that probiotic supplements taken by pregnant women and children may reduce the occurrence eczema in children."

It said also that it may help kids who already have eczema. What about mommies? 

Well, it's March 4th, and I just took my first probiotic. I also took my first fish oil capsule. I don't feel any different. lol. =)

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