by Nancy Johnson Horn, Editor
Over the last several months, I haven’t been feeling my best. I’ve switched to lactose free milk to see if that would help. While it did make things somewhat better, it still didn’t solve everything. Spicy foods and a lot of other foods seemed to be hurting my digestive system. I had the feeling that something was just out of whack and I wasn’t sure if it was serious enough to see a G.I. doctor yet. My mother suggested a probiotic; so when this opportunity to try Align (which is #1 gastroenterologist recommended probiotic that she takes herself) came up, I jumped at it. Who wouldn’t want to feel better?
If you’re not familiar with what Align is, it’s a daily supplement that helps your digestive system with healthy bacteria. It contains Bifantis (unique to Align) which is probiotic which can help fortify your digestive system to maintain it’s natural balance. Get more information at http://www.aligngi.com.
I picked up Align at Duane Reade in Union Square, New York City. I had a meeting in NYC, so I stopped by Duane Reade’s Union Square location afterwards. This Duane Reade offered a great cosmetic section (with staff to help you choose products), lots of shelves of hair products, a bakery case, fresh produce (the berries looked so yummy), a self serve coffee station and many more cool things. I still adore my local Duane Reade locations in Queens (one is a few blocks away from my home in Kew Gardens and one is right by my daughter’s school in Forest Hills), this was a treat to experience.
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My mission for today was to find Align and that was so easy — it located right in the pharmacy section, under the window. You can buy it in a 4 week supply or a 6 week supply. I chose to buy the 4 week supply to see if it worked for me. I was a little anxious about it.
I stopped to pick up some more cereal, a cute sparkly lip gloss (I’m obsessed with finding the sheerest, glossy red I can find), and a few other items. Check out was easy with a plethora of registers.
I keep my Duane Reade Balance Rewards card on my iPhone (love the Passbook function) and just show it to the clerk who rings me up.
I took my Align package home and started taking it the next morning.
I thought this was so smart – The days of the week are printed on the back of each weeks’ package, so you can keep track of your daily dose.
The capsules were on the smaller side and pretty easy to take (I can’t take certain capsules if they’re too large).
Fast forward 4 weeks later – while I don’t feel different, my digestion has improved. I’ve gone back to eating spicy foods without a problem, but I’m still nervous to restart dairy (even though I can take lactose pills when I want).
I plan to keep taking Align – I want to keep my digestive system running smoothly. And I really, really miss having real milk with my cereal (WITHOUT taking a pill!).
Check out my Google+ Album to see my whole Duane Reade shopping trip – https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/112651278850260089928/albums/5884734494962105313.
Find out more info about Align:
- Align website: http://www.aligngi.com/
- Align You Tube Videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/AlignProbiotic/videos
- Proctor & Gamble Tips & Specials: http://bit.ly/11aJzQf
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