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Bursting onto the world swimming stage by winning gold in the 100m backstroke at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, Giaan was always bound for glory. She soon added an Olympic gold medal to her tally and took out the 2001 Fukuoka World Swimming Championships in world record speed.
Giaan retired from professional sport, married and began to prepare for motherhood. After plenty of reading, taking probiotics before, during and after pregnancy became increasingly compelling for Giaan. She just needed to find the right product.
In her search for a company that was formulating its probiotics based on the latest science, she met Life-Space co- founders Ben and Craig.
After some inspired discussions about research, the microbiome and bacterial diversity, it became obvious that Giaan was a natural fit for Life-Space. And here she is today, our proud ambassador.
How do you stay in such great shape after years of rigorous training in the pool?
I certainly don’t do any rigorous training these days, in fact I struggled for a long time after I retired from the pool to find an exercise I found enjoyable and sustainable. I haven’t swum a lap in over 11 years, nor have I visited a gym, but I love going for long walks, and pilates. Pilates not only keeps my body aligned and toned but helps me with my (non existent) flexibility!
Have the years of physical exercise impacted your general health and wellbeing, inside or out?
Yes, but probably not in the way you would expect! I feel more energetic, happier and healthier than I ever did as an elite athlete, so when people say to me, ‘you must miss being fit’ I very quickly tell them that being that ‘elite fit’ actually has a lot of negatives…. I felt like my body was 85 every time I got out of bed due to aching muscles, my immune system was constantly suppressed, making it very susceptible to illness, I was constantly exhausted which made motivation hard and there was never any energy to do anything outside of training…. so I have no residual injuries or illness from my time in the pool, but life is much more enjoyable!
Why did you start taking probiotics?
When my husband, Sam and I started thinking about trying to conceive, I started doing some research on what we could do that may help give our children a healthy start to life. I read that for people with a family history, supplementing with probiotic strain Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 during pregnancy, breastfeeding and the first two years of life can help reduce the likelihood of the baby developing eczema. I also read a lot about the importance of supporting gut health and good bacteria and the more I read, the more I became confident that Life-Space Probiotic for Pregnancy & Breastfeeding could be a great addition to my pregnancy diet and supplement regime to help maintain general wellbeing.
Why did you choose Life-Space probiotics?
There were a number of reasons why I chose Life-Space Probiotics. First, I love supporting Australian-made products due to our globally high manufacturing standards. Second, I liked that Life-Space probiotics have multiple strains of beneficial bacteria and third, considering I travel so regularly for work, I needed my probiotic to be portable, so the that fact Life-Space doesn’t need to be kept in the fridge was a big tick for me.
You have two beautiful children, did you take probiotics during your pregnancies?
Absolutely! I started taking probiotics as soon as we started trying to conceive and have been on them ever since, I just change which Life-Space probiotic product I am taking depending on my situation, so at the moment I am on the Probiotic for Pregnancy & Breastfeeding capsules while I’m breastfeeding my second child, Alexa.
Do you give the probiotics to your children?
Again, absolutely! To support his general health and wellbeing, Zander started the Probiotic Powder for Baby formula at six months old after he was weaned, and has since moved up to the Probiotic Powder for Children formula. I’ll start Lexi on the Probiotic Powder for Baby when she stops breastfeeding.
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Photography credit: Brian Usher