As health practitioners go, I’m surprisingly low maintenance with my supplements. I take a Vitamin D supplement (because I don’t know if you know this, but London weather is notoriously dark and dreary), Vitamin C, and occasionally Magnesium before bed. I eat plenty of fish, and a varied diet so Omega and Multivitamins I don’t see much need for.
Despite this, I have taken numerous probiotics over the last 4 years, when I started to become aware of problems with my gut. Bloating, irregular bowel movements, cramps, nausea and severe discomfort – now known as the symptoms of IBS but are also just the result of eating in a way that didn’t suit me, an overload of stress and a build up of antibiotics.
Needless to say, I tried so many strains and brands of probiotics – each time thinking it would be the cure to end all cures. I also tried a Low Fodmap diet and other things which can you read about here but in all honesty I never felt any relief from the probiotics I was taking – although my bank account definitely suffered!
After doing some research on supplements, I decided not to waste my money – no more!!
Now I’m not going to claim that Symprove has changed my life, or that it will change/cure you. All I can tell you is my experience with it and why I will continue to take it.
I discovered Symprove, and yeah I was definitely sceptical. I’d been there, done that, and it was disheartening to get my hopes up again but I decided to delve into it a bit because I just KEPT seeing it been talked about.
So what is Symprove?
According to their website: “Symprove is a water-based multi-strain supplement that contains 4 unique strains of live activated bacteria. These include: L rhamnosus, E. faecium, L. acidophilus, and L. plantarum. Normally a healthy gut would already contain all four of these, along with many other types of bacteria. Diet and lifestyle can cause these to become unbalanced.”
Symprove is different from your regular probiotics because:
- It is water based so it doesn’t trigger digestion, meaning it SURVIVES the environment of your stomach.
- It is alive and active when it arrives in your stomach
- It is a pre and probiotic (a symbiotic), prebiotics are the food form of probiotic, which may explain why the product does so well in the gut as it is a combination of the two.
- Food or dairy based products (such as yoghurts) usually trigger digestion, meaning they are held in the strong stomach acids for longer, resulting in many of the bacteria being killed.
- Freeze dried products are inactive (not alive) when taken and usually have very low survival rates when subjected to stomach acid. And those that do survive may pass through your gut before having a chance to re-activate and thrive.
My experience with Symprove:
As you can imagine, I did not have high hope – And after a dodgy start with Symprove (my tummy was pretty unhappy the first few days) I had not been proved wrong yet.
My main issue is bloating and irregular bowels; I’m used to being extremely bloated in the afternoons, and the fact that I go a week without going to the loo has become the norm for me. After the second week, I could not believe that I didn’t have the dreaded 3pm bloat – surely not. There was no dramatic change, but every day I noticed but stomach wasn’t as uncomfortable, I wasn’t triggered by foods that I normally would be, and I actually looked forwarded to drinking it each morning (go for the passion fruit flavour – it tastes like tropicana!). My skin has been super clear, and my hair is shiny (these could definitely be unrelated, but gut health affects every aspect of the body so you never know!).
It’s a product that now I have started, I never want to stop. For anyone who struggles with IBS-like symptoms, has done a round of antibiotics, or just wants to booth their health in general – give Symprove a go!!
Click here to go to their website