For the past month or so, my husband and I have had the opportunity to try out the 4X Pro-B Digestive Care Natural Probiotic from Costco.com.
I mentioned before how I thought it was helping with my pregnancy-related gas pains, and I am thrilled to find that it is definitely making a difference in that regard.
After using it for a month, I am happy to report that I have been almost gas-free, which, unfortunately, is amazing for me anytime, let alone during pregnancy.
Each pregnancy, (and even with this one already, before I started taking these probiotics) I always get gas that gets trapped so bad that I end up curled in the fetal position on my bed for awhile until it finally goes away. The pain is worse to me than the pain of contractions during labor, so it’s not pretty, and something that I was eager to find a solution to!
I’ve even noticed on some days when I haven’t taken the probiotic yet, and I start to feel uncomfortable during dinner, if I take it, by the time dinner is finished up, I am fine, whereas before, that’s when it would be the worst.
Purchasing and using these couldn’t be easier. They are available online at Costco.com at $21.99 for a 9-week supply, and you only need to take one pill a day – easy peasy. (also visit Costco on Facebook to keep up with the latest happenings and deals!)
Taking these probiotics has inspired me to look for other ways to improve our digestive health, and one of the things I’ve been looking forward to sharing with you is my whole wheat pita bread recipe!
Whole grains are so much better for your digestive system that refined white flour. White flour clogs your system, whole grains, (especially fresh ground!) clears it out!
Seriously, since we have started the probiotics and incorporated more whole grains and almost eliminated white flour, constipation has not been an issue for any of us, including the kids. If you’ve ever had a really constipated 15-month-old baby, then you have an idea why that makes me so happy.
It’s strange how exciting loose, comfortable poo can be. One of those things you don’t imagine yourself rejoicing over pre-motherhood…
On to pita.
This is a recipe adapted from a couple different recipes in the cookbook, “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day,” which I highly recommend! Also check out their Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day cookbook, which I am hoping to add to my collection soon!
- 3 cups lukewarm water
- 1½ tablespoons granulated yeast (2 packets)
- 1½ tablespoons kosher or other coarse salt
- 6½ cups whole wheat flour, plus extra for rolling out the dough
- In a 5-qt bowl or lidded container (that is easy to keep in your fridge later) mix water, yeast and salt.
- Mix in the flour until fully incorporated. Kneading is not necessary.
- Cover and let rise at room temperature for about 2 hours or until it begins to collapse slightly.
- You can now use portions of the dough at any time, but you will get the best results by refrigerating the dough for at least 3 hours or overnight.
- Twenty minutes before baking, place a baking stone in your oven and preheat to 500 degrees.
- Pull out a small fist-sized ball of dough, dusting it and your hands with extra flour to avoid sticking.
- Using your hands and a rolling pin, roll the ball out on a cutting board or pizza peel into a round with a uniform thickness of about ⅛ inch. If it’s too thick, it may not puff.
- Make sure there is no sticking and plenty of flour to allow for easy sliding of the pita off the board. Slide the pita directly onto the hot baking stone, making sure there are no folds or creases in the dough as it shuffles off.
- Bake for 5-7 minutes or until very lightly browned and puffed.
- Wrap it immediately in a clean cotton dish towel and set on a cooling rack.
- Repeat until you have as many pitas has you need and then put the rest of the dough back in the fridge! You can keep it there for up to 10 days and just keep pulling out what you need!
It didn’t take long for me to get this recipe memorized since it’s so simple, and once you’ve made the dough, it’s sitting in there for you in the fridge, waiting for you to whip up some delicious fresh bread in hardly anytime at all! You can easily have at least two pitas within 30 minutes of getting the notion to bake!
There you have two easy ways to improve your digestive health now.
Whatchya waitin’ for?
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