I've been having stomach problems since I was around 20. Not only do weird tummy-problems run in my family (seriously, my dad can't eat too many veggies or they form an indestructible ball in his stomach) but I am the only human I personally know that had to have a full GI tract work-up before the age of 25.
Unfortunately, the doctors never did find the root cause of my troubles, and chalked it up to high rates of stress. (Joy.) For every seven days of the week, I wake up with an upset-stomach on at least half of them. (Heck, even as I sit here writing this my tummy is telling me 'Did you for really need to eat that buffalo-chicken pizza?')
I have used lots and lots of tablets, liquids, pills, and diets over the years to try and control this problem. I've learned that although it isn't going to go away completely (since apparently I am just naturally super-stressed), I can do a lot to alleviate symptoms. After years of using so many medicines though - both OTC and prescribed blends - I began to wonder if I wasn't doing some damage to the rest of my body with the constant influx of chemicals.
Since that thought, I've started looking for healthier, more natural ways of treating my tummy troubles. Moms Meet, a popular website for parents who are seeking out chemical-free options to products they already use, was the perfect place to start my search. When they recently sought out a few bloggers to try Gutsy Chewy (an all-natural, gluten-free, lactose-free and vegan friendly chewable supplement) I was psyched to find that I made the list!
The Good:The supplements are made with ingredients like apple cider vinegar, papaya extract, and licorice extract and contain calcium and magnesium as an added benefit. I like knowing what's in the tablets, and the fact that they are all-natural helps me feel like I'm making a better decision.
I only needed to take one of these on the mornings I wasn't feeling so well, and within a few minutes my tummy-upset would disappear. (Definitely better than grabbing a handful of tablets to munch on and STILL having troubles - I'm sure some of you can guess which mainstream brand I'm referring to...!)
The So-So:Everyone knows that you have to pay a little more for foods, beverages, medications, and household items that are natural or organic. Until the whole world gets on-board with the idea that less chemicals are better for our bodies, the manufacturers of these better-for-you products are going to have higher overhead costs. Don't be surprised then, when you find out that you can't get these in-store and have to order them online for about $16 for two tubes (16 tablets) or $80 for 12 tubes (96 tablets, and a better deal). Fortunately, this company is active in social media and interacting with them on their platforms can score you discounts and special offers.
The Questionable:The product contains xylitol, an ingredient that I'm on the fence about. On the one hand, it's reported to do great work when it comes to keeping your teeth bacteria-free (thus inhibiting cavities) and it is a great sugar-substitute for those who are diabetic... but... it is also toxic to dogs and rats. I know I'm not a dog, or a rat, and that dogs can't eat chocolate either (which I most certainly can) but it is still something to keep in mind.
My Personal Beef:It comes in two flavors: wildberry and citrus. (Oh citrus. I have hated your flavor since I was a child, carefully picking out each and every orange-colored candy in my Halloween or Christmas stash and 'gifting' them to my brother. He wasn't fooled though. I suspect he wasn't a citrus-lover either.) While I loved the wildberry flavor, I wasn't a fan of the citrus. It's not surprising though because I almost never eat orange-flavored anything. If this isn't a problem for you though, you won't have an issue.
Bottom Line:If you are looking for a natural alternative to flooding your body with chemical-filled supplements & liquids, this is definitely an option to check into. This is an especially good product if you have certain dietary restrictions such as diabetes, a lactose or gluten intolerance, or are a vegan because the formula caters to all of those needs. Checking in frequently with their social media outlets will allow you to take advantage of any deals they might have, and the product is effective enough to work with just one tablet.
Connect:Want to check out Gutsy Chewy a little further? You can visit them on their website at gutsyproducts.com to see their full product line! Or, connect with them via social media for updates, deals, and more on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.
So what do you all think? Have you tried Gutsy Chewy or a similar all-natural product? Chat with me in the comments section - I love hearing from my readers!
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Disclosure: Hey, I'm not a doctor - but you knew that right? Here's a little reminder that you should always check with your physician before starting any supplement product and specifically Gutsy Products. My statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. (I'm pretty certain the FDA doesn't even know I exist.) This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consult your healthcare professional prior to use if you are pregnant, nursing, taking any medication or have a medical condition. This product contains papaya and should not be used by people with a latex allergy. Keep out of reach of children and little green aliens.