AD | This is a sponsored post with Kitchen PLAY to review and inform you of the benefits of BC30™ Cultures. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Working from home for the past few years and living the past 18 months in lockdown has taken its toll on so many of us, not just our mental health but our physical health too. I want to share with you what has motivated me to try to support my gut health and the results of using BC30™ cultures in my everyday lifestyle.
The Lockdown Effect
At the beginning of the first lockdown, we couldn’t go out to restaurants or even get takeaways at that time. Everyone quickly turned to try to cook their favourite restaurant-style foods for the families. It was great and really was one of the good memories I’ll take from the pandemic. However, the novelty wore off.
I got sick of cleaning up my kitchen, which always seemed to be trashed after a cooking episode! Going out for our one walk a day daily exercise became a chore. No one expected it to last as long as it did or to be quite so life-changing, but it did, and it was. We did what we had to get through it.
Thank goodness life moved. When we were homeschooling at the beginning of 2021 I implemented set mealtimes and set times to exercise, adding structure to our days. I started to move more, and eat better with more intention. However, as I began to make healthy changes to my diet and lifestyle, I realised that it wasn’t working the way it had in the past. I still felt bloated and just urgh!
Maybe it’s because I’m close to turning 40, but I started noticing how my body didn’t react to a change in lifestyle the way it used to. In my late 20s and up until my mid-30s, all it took for me to lose some weight and feel better was to cut back on alcohol or go for a walk.
Recently, the one main thing I noticed was that no matter whether I was hungry or had just eaten, my tummy felt bloated or looked bloated. That heavy feeling where you don’t want to eat because you know it’ll just mean you’ll be more uncomfortable. Maybe it’s because my hormones are all out of whack! Or perhaps it’s a consequence of just not looking after myself as well as I should have.
I was chatting with my friend one day, who has had gut health issues for many years. She suggested that I try incorporating cultures into my diet. This led me to investigate more about my gut health and really consider what foods or liquids were making me feel like that.
Today I’m going to share with you the results of what I learnt and how I’ve managed to incorporate science-backed functional foods into my diet.
The Importance of Self-Care In Your Diet
Self-care is essential, and it is a necessity, but it’s hard to get started. When we are not taking care of our bodies, it becomes easy to fall back into old habits. I like to start with my diet because I think that’s the easiest place to start when you’re trying to make changes.
This is what I do for self-care and nutrition:
- Eat breakfast every day, but later in the morning, around 9am. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy; I don’t want too much fuss or mess. It distracts me when I’m working from home, so I usually have a bowl of oats with a cup of fruit tea or a slice of toast with sliced tomato on it.
- When I need a midday snack, I opt for a healthy cereal bar, low in salt and sugar; this is especially easy when I’m doing the school run and quickly grab a snack as I dash out of the house.
- I drink as much water a day as I can – at least 8 cups, if not more, because hydration is essential. I won’t lie, drinking water is boring, so I jazz it up with some slices of lemon or other fruit infusion mix – you can see some of my infused water ideas.
- Get some fresh air and 30 minutes of exercise per day. Those who know me know that I’m not a fitness fanatic because I find rigorous exercise difficult after having had both my hips replaced in my early 30s, but even if it’s a walk to fetch the kids from school or to vacuum the house – just intentionally taking the time to move my body for 30 minutes a day helps.
Gut Health and A Healthy Body
There is a strong connection between the health of your gut and the health of your body. Your gut has a lot to do with how you feel.
An out-of-balance level of microbiota in your gut can have a less than desirable impact on your health and wellness, including stress, illness, ageing, and hormonal changes (HELLO!) and even an effect on antibiotics and medications. Cultures work to correct this imbalance from the inside.
What is BC30™ ?
When I looked into probiotics and cultures, I learnt that cultures are a natural, hardy ingredient, that when added to your diet, can help support your immune health, digestive health and support protein absorption. However, there are various different strains of cultures, and the benefits depend on the strain.
There are 2 types of cultures: Spore-forming cultures and Vegetative cultures.
Spore forming cultures are a type of good bacteria that can reproduce through spores. These bacterial spores are the dormant form, a sort of “seed” for the growth of new bacterial cells. They have a natural protective outer layer which makes them more stable than other types of cultures. The BC30 spore-forming cells can survive most manufacturing processes and have a shelf life of 3 years; therefore, they can be used in many products. And they can also survive the process between ingestion and reaching your gut, which is where they need to be to do their job!
Vegetative cells, which are the more common type of culture you’ll find, are very fragile. They have a poor shelf-life, generally require refrigeration and are even vulnerable to low gastric pH and bile salts.
How to Manage Your BC30 Culture Intake
In over 25 published scientific papers, research shows how BC30 (Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086) works.
Here are a few helpful tips and more information from the experts about the best way to consume your BC30 cultures in your healthy diet:
- Take them regularly.
- The BC30 cultures can survive the making of your functional food or beverage, i.e. the boiling water in the peppermint tea won’t kill the cultures.
- It is safe to give children.
- Look for the BC30 logo, or the strain Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086 on the ingredient list, to confirm that a product contains this spore-forming culture.
- You can’t buy BC30 off the shelf; it’s an ingredient in various foods and beverages.
Where Can You Get Food or Beverages Containing BC30 Cultures?
You can find BC30 cultures in various foods and beverages, but it’s important to check the ingredients list to see if they contain. I have intentionally switched a few foods and drinks that I normally buy to those that contain BC30 such as peppermint tea, oats and cereal bars.
I don’t like to make a fuss or go to extravagant or expensive lengths when it comes to a healthy diet. I need quick, easy, on the go, and minimal effort and these 3 variations have afforded me that opportunity. They have been easy to fit into my healthier lifestyle.
I have noticed a significant difference, most notably with the tea. I really don’t feel so bloated all the time. The oatmeal porridge tastes exactly the same as other brands too and knowing that I’m topping up the good bacteria in my gut makes all the difference.