Disclaimer: Here I am sharing my own experience of how Malkosan has helped heal my gut issues. Please consult your doctor before following any diet advice. I have not been paid by Malkosan to write this post.
What was wrong with my gut?
I have chronic gut issues – literally for years now, I can’t even remember a time when I didn’t have problems with it. There is a huge genetic element in my family, so unfortunately I am predisposed to it (thanks mom!). So of course, yes it is extremely uncomfortable to share with the world that I struggle severely to go to the loo – but I’m going to try and be comfortable talking about poo for this post. Because I have also (out of desperation) surfed the Internet hoping to find help from others with similar problems.
A massive point I want to make, is that if your gut problems (like mine) are chronic or hereditary (from your genes), then there’s a good chance that you’re not going to find a quick fix. Additionally, you may find something that helps, but then not long after that you find yourself in another dip that you struggle to get out of.
For me, I struggle with chronic constipation – sometimes for longer than 2 weeks (maybe even longer without the use of laxatives). Basically, it involves severe discomfort from bloating and obviously a blockage in the colon canal.
An enormous contributing factor, I have realised, is the psychological element. For example, being shy to go to the loo around other people, or if the bathroom is too close to where other people are…or going on holiday. It’s almost like my entire digestive system shuts down with the slightest change in routine.
What have I done to heal my gut in the past?
It seems obvious that when you have severe problems you try and really stretch your brain as to what is causing all the discomfort. I’ve even been to a gastroenterologist – to no avail – he just diagnosed my symptoms as IBS, which is extremely vague and unhelpful.
I have never struggled with gluten or dairy or even vegetables like broccoli and cabbage in the past. My honest opinion, is that it’s mostly a psychological problem together with a predisposed genetic element. Then, I also feel like my constitution doesn’t appreciate overly rich foods (my stomach always feels a lot worse after a weekend of more relaxed eating). That said, I feel like I do more than most people in trying to eat clean, make sure I obtain all essential nutrients, fiber, and drink enough water. I have also started to exclude liquor in the form of pure spirits – because I feel like it takes a toll on my stomach the day after. Wine and beer have been fine.
Yes, I’ve tried all tonics under the sun, like progast, fiber supplements, digestive bitters and many many more.
What is Malkosan?
Malkosan is a prebiotic supporting the growth of good bacteria in your gut due to it being rich in L+ lactic acid.
L+ lactic acid = is a substance produced by lactic acid bacteria in your gut and promotes good digestion by keeping the acidity of your gut at the right level and allowing good bacteria to thrive. Bad bacteria don’t like L+ and can’t survive in a gut full of healthy, L+ supported good bacteria.
The situation with my gut over the past few months?
Okay, so yes I have a chronic problem – and although it helps to listen to the advice from others, it does not always mean it will work for YOU.
Over the past few months, I have been struggling to go to the loo at all without using laxatives – and actually it’s come to the point now that they HARDLY work. This scared me quite a bit, making me worry whether my gut was past the point of ever being healthy again.
This was when I decided to start taking Mlakosan. My mom had been raving about it for years, but it had the MOST DISGUSTING taste for me. Maybe some can stomach it, but I just felt like vomiting every time I took a dose.
What happened after I started taking Malkosan?
To be honest, I didn’t have high hopes that it would do anything at all – because in the past I hadn’t found success with ANYTHING. My mom advised me to take it for at least a month before making up my mind about it, and I agreed because I knew my stomach was extremely resistant so it would probably take a little longer.
As I mentioned, I absolutely couldn’t STAND the taste! So I devised a plan to concoct a Malkosan Cocktail that would hopefully mask the taste. I already took protein smoothies as a post-workout supplement so I decided to just chuck it in there and hope for the best.
OH MY WORD! The smoothie I made was delicious – and I also decided to add a teaspoon of Alkaline Powder for added benefit (because I believed that my lifestyle sometimes resulted in a bit of an acid build up, which could also be the culprit of my discomfort. Here I am referring to alcohol consumption, and overly rich foods – think of Christmas holidays haha). Read more about it here.
After about 2 weeks I could feel my stomach starting to ease up. Something was definitely happening. Before, my gut almost felt dead – but after 2 weeks of taking the shake religiously (Monday to Friday, once a day) I could feel a change. I went to the loo! At first it was about once a week, and then by the end of the month it was about 3 times a week! Not completely 100% by the end of the month, but that’s why I decided to keep taking the shake and now I’m (scared to say and jinx it) feeling absolutely wonderful and going the loo pretty much every day!
However, I do feel like I need to say this again, and I know it to be true for me specifically. My gut might be fine for now, but I know that it is extremely sensitive, so the slightest change in routine might throw it out again – for example, going on holiday. This is why I know it’s a mental thing, because I always stress about being uncomfortable when we go away – and then that stress probably makes it worse! But it really gives me peace of mind knowing that when I get back into my routine, it’s just a matter of time before my gut gets back into its rhythm (with my Malkosan Shake!).
Sure, I know I would be lying if I said there weren’t any other contributing factors; it’s not like I can eat whatever I like and just take the shake and everything is fine. No, I still need to be careful, but it’s just helping that much faster!
So without any further ado…
My Gut-Healing Malkosan Protein Shake Recipe
- 1 cup cold water
- ½ frozen banana
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 2 tsp cocoa powder
- 2 blocks of ice
- 2 teaspoons Malkosan
- 1 tsp alkaline powder
Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Easy peasy!
Why this shake is awesome:
1. It isn’t very energy dense, so you don’t have to be too concerned about breaking your calorie bank. So perfect as a mid-meal snack!
2. The protein powder and banana are the key players in taking away any bad taste.
3. I consumed this shake for a month, once a day, (with severe stomach issues), and it gradually started to heal itself!!!!
4. Added protein (boo ya!), so perfect as a post-workout shake!
Where do you buy Malkosan?
You can buy it online or at any chemist or health shop in South Africa.
Although, I am taking my Malkosan in protein-shake form – this does not mean you can’t take it the usual way, just straight or in water. This shake is just designed to make the liquid more palatable.
- 1 cup cold water
- 1/2 banana
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use USN Bluelab Whey)
- 2 tsp cocoa powder
- 2 blocks ice
- 1 tsp Alkaline Powder (optional)
- 2 tsp Malkosan
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!