GUT HEALTH & PROBITOICS

I spent most of my 20s in and out of depression. It was something I had just learnt to live with. But there was pattern I became acutely aware of: whenever I would go away and escape on a ‘health retreat’, the brain fog would lift and I would feel happier and emotionally and energetically lighter. It was then that I began to see that there was a correlation between what I ate/drank and how I felt. My interest in wellness began then. What I quickly learnt was that our gut health impacted so much more than I had ever realised. It made sense though, when I found out that over 90% of our serotonin (our happy hormone) was produced in the gut! Over the last few years I’ve been working on healing my own gut, after years of poor digestion and chronic bloating thanks to years of extreme dieting, drug abuse and smoking. I have made looking after my gut a top priority and it really has changed my life (and I don’t say that lightly!).

One major component of our gut health is our gut bacteria. To put it simply, we have good bacteria and bad bacteria and to make our guts as healthy as possible we want more of the good stuff and less of the nasty stuff. One of the most simple and effective ways to do this is to take a probiotic. I have tried a few in my time, and have often found they worked temporarily or not at all. Then I heard about SEED, a daily synbiotic brand based in the US. I ordered it online and I am OBSESSED.

The science of the SEED daily synbiotic speaks for itself. It is incredibly high-quality, science-driven, and is a two-in-one prebiotic and probiotic which are BOTH needed for optimal gut health. This is a brand I am beyond proud to partner with (in fact I asked them to work with them because I was such a fan!) because they are not only pioneer research in microbial science but also want to improve both human and planetary health! You can ship and subscribe from US which is what I do. 2 tablets a day is all you need!!!

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I am obsessed with the packaging too!
In case you needed some extra info, here is why it is just so good for you!

Probiotics and Digestion

In search of great bowel movements or a way to support your gut? Good news: benefits in overall digestion are often the most immediate and palpable effects of starting a probiotic. Certain probiotic strains can trigger neurotransmitters that stimulate muscle contractions for motility support—think smooth, regular stools. And Seed’s Daily Synbiotic contains strains studied in a 300-person clinical trial for their support of several gastrointestinal functions, including bowel movement regularity, stool consistency, ease of expulsion, bowel movement comfort, and occasional bloating.

Probiotics and Mental Health

Have you heard of the gut-brain axis? The human gut also plays home to over 100 million nerve cells, part of a complex system called the enteric nervous system (ENS). These neural circuits control the gastrointestinal system from your mouth to your intestines, and by emitting hormones into the bloodstream, they provide constant feedback to your brain. This is the reason you know you’re hungry, or if your last meal made you feel overly full—and it’s this network that researchers are investigating for the potential benefit of probiotics on mental health.

Probiotics and Skin Health

While the skin microbiome isn’t so vast as the gut microbiome, its 100 billion microorganisms play a vital role in our body’s outermost defense system, from identifying unknown organisms to maintaining healthy inflammation (yes, some “inflammation” is good). The skin microbiome also helps determine the texture and appearance. For instance, an overabundance of one kind of bacteria can lead to oily skin; a deficiency in another may cause dryness or itchiness.

Probiotics and Gut Barrier Integrity

The lining of the human intestine is comprised of a single layer of epithelial (or “surface”) cells and a thick layer of mucus. So, what do probiotics have to do with this? Well, certain strains have been shown to influence mucus composition and enhance the gene expressions involved in tight junction signaling—in other words, promote the integrity and “tightness” of your gut barrier, effectively keeping the good in and sealing the bad out.

Probiotics and Vitamin Synthesis

While they are often found in the same aisle at the pharmacy, probiotics aren’t vitamins. However, certain probiotics can support their synthesis. You’ve likely heard about folate, an essential B vitamin that is not only important for fertility and pregnancy, but also responsible for DNA and red blood cell production, and contributing to cellular health. Seed’s Daily Synbiotic is among the first to include a probiotic strain that can actually synthesize folate from within the body, providing an endogenous source of folate locally in the gut to complement your folate intake from foods.