We all have THAT friend. You know you have one selling something she claims to be life altering one way or the other. One that posts stories about how this particular product helped her (or her friend) lose 30 pounds and feel amazing because she no longer needs 5 cups of coffee to get through the day. Now don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying the stuff doesn’t work, but I usually read over the testimonies because I’m not looking to lose weight, or rely too heavily on caffeine or sugar for energy.
I DO LOVE sugar, and I definitely justify one (or three) cookies, cake, or the extra bowl of cereal because I workout and stay fairly fit, but even that wasn’t what actually caught my attention. When I moved to South Carolina from Ohio 10 years ago (dang), I had very few issues with my sinuses. The longer I lived here, though, the more I began to notice problems. For awhile I only needed the occasional OTC allergy med in the heat of spring/summer. Then I needed one daily through the spring and summer, but not the winter. A couple of years ago, I was diagnosed with asthma, which (though its not proven) I’m 99% convinced is allergy related. Even then though, while I was given a prescription for a daily inhaler I rarely needed it, or the albuterol. The last 18 months or so have gotten much worse. I now take Allegra, Singular and Flonase at night, and rely on a daily inhaler in addition to albuterol before I exercise. If I don’t use ALL of these, EVERY DAY, I wind up wheezing – up in the middle of the night reaching for the rescue inhaler. This is year round – not just in the spring. As an avid runner and newbie triathlete, the asthma in particular DRIVES ME CRAZY. I CANNOT leave the house without my inhaler, and sometimes on a really bad day, even if I use it before I go, I have to use it again afterwards. I’m sure that less than fabulous lung functioning doesn’t help my speed either.
An old high school friend of mine sells and uses Plexus, and has posted many testimonials about how its worked for her and others. Most were looking to lose weight, which is why I scrolled by many of them as I mentioned above. The story that got me was the one where she (and others) mentioned that after a couple months, they NO LONGER NEEDED allergy medicine or inhalers (if they were used). I’ll be the first to admit I’m a skeptic. I read several stories and dismissed them. Eventually though, the thought of the possibility of no more runny nose, sneezing fits, or better yet, inhalers, piqued my interest enough to ask about it. And I decided to try. And of course blog about it.
Here is what I am using (excerpts taken from handouts downloaded on plexus power tools)
PLEXUS ProBio5 -a probiotic (in bold is what I am looking to target) ProBio5 features five extra strength probiotics, added enzymes, intestinal flora, B6 Grape Seed extract and vitamin C— all in one effective delivery system that supports the breaking down of hostile organisms that negatively impact your health. ProBio5 may provide the following results: Relief from typical Candida symptoms, which may include anxiety, recurring irritability, heartburn, indigestion, lethargy, extreme food and environmental allergies, acne, dry, flaky, itchy skin, jock itch, migraine headaches, recurring cystitis/vaginal infections, premenstrual tension, and menstrual problems.
March 31, 2015 at 10:41 pm
Maybe you can do an allergy test to see what your triggers are? I hear your skeptism, i hate self medicating myself unless proven by the dr to do so. I wish I had something positive to say, just wishing you good luck and I hope something good happens with your allergy soon.
March 31, 2015 at 11:06 pm
There’s been a lot of focus on the microbiom and human health recently, focusing on probiotics and improving immunity. The data is still out on a lot of this stuff (frankly, we don’t really know how all of this works), but given I do think there’s a strong link between immunity and the environment, it’s worth exploring.
Wishing you luck with this!
April 1, 2015 at 2:27 am
Aah, asthma sucks. I’ve had it since I was a teen – when it was dismissed at being “merely psychosomatic”. So I mostly suffered without meds until I was 30 and finally went to see a pneumologist – who promptly diagnosed non allergic asthma. I’ve been through the entire inhaler circus – albuterol, cortisone, a mix of both. I definitely agree: it’s annoying as hell.
I was extremely lucky, though: the higher natural cortisol levels during pregnancy calmed my asthma enough so I’ve barely needed any medicine for the past 2.5 years. The doc had said that this could happen but was nowhere near a sure thing.
Too bad it didn’t work that way for you 😦
Good luck with the Plexus stuff!
April 1, 2015 at 12:01 pm
My asthma and allergies got worse after pregnancy. Ugh. Here’s hoping this helps.
April 1, 2015 at 7:34 am
My allergies are KILLER for about the first two years after I give birth. Happened both pregnancies. Really crazy. I totally understand your skepticism. I hope you found/find a solution. Probiotics are awesome. I take one daily. If you don’t already, you may want to try a cortisol reducing activity immediately post run. Exhaustion from motherhood, even more so with twins with the added stress of long, difficult runs puts a lot of pressure on your adrenal glands and they start working in overdrive and forget how to calm back down. This is where constant fatigue comes from. Your body feels tired because your insides are still going and going and going. Yoga and meditation are two big helpers for me. Good luck!
April 1, 2015 at 12:01 pm
I do need to do more relaxing/stretching/yoga after runs. The issue is I don’t make time for it. I do yoga but like one maybe two sessions a week and not related to when I run.
April 1, 2015 at 11:39 am
Good luck! I hope you find something that works. It sounds rather frustrating, and human biology is so complex I don’t think we can predict whether any such supplement will work for a particular person. Why not try?
April 1, 2015 at 11:59 am
Exactly. It’s worth a shot!!
April 1, 2015 at 5:48 pm
I don’t understand what it is about SC. I grew up in MD and lived there until 1994. Never had allergies, sinus issues…nothing! Moved to VA and for the next 12 years had issues with allergies; major sinus problems….bad, bad stuff. Moved to SC in 2006 and not one time since have I had any issues. In my simplistic way of thinking, I believe I am meant to be here in SC. My hubby and kids — who NOW have issues where they did not before — think I’m crazy.
April 3, 2015 at 12:33 pm
I have some similar allergy and asthma issues. I have explored some of the ingredients you mentioned- but in other supplements. Keep us updated! My doctor was yelling at me recently for using too much Sudafed.
April 4, 2015 at 7:18 am
yikes. I’ve been told it can take a month or two to really start helping so it may be a few weeks but I definitely plan to write a blog post every week or 2 with an update on how its going. Interestingly, though it wasn’t what I started it for, I’ve already noticed my sugar cravings go WAY down. I was a dessert after lunch and dinner every day kind of girl until last week. I have a more detailed list of ingredients if you’d like I Can forward them to you
April 13, 2015 at 1:42 pm
Okay, I’m intrigued.
I grew up in Pennsylvania and was diagnosed with asthma when I was 13. It seemingly went away when I was in my early 20s to the point where I didn’t even fill a prescription for an inhaler for almost 10 years. Then it started to act up a bit when I picked up running in my early 30s, and shortly after that I moved to NC and then a year later to SC, and BAM! Allergies, asthma, all back in full-force. It was bad during my pregnancy, too, and just sort of stayed bad. Asthma even ruined my goal half marathon this spring. So yeah…I’m all ears on some kind of solution that isn’t a ton of drugs (ZyrtecD, Abuterol, Advair). I’ve even been on a nebulizer and steroids at various points in time. I’m over it. So, I’m definitely interested in hearing about your go with Plexus.
April 13, 2015 at 2:05 pm
I totally feel you. Plan to post updates every two weeks. First update is up!