Those Butterflies In Your Stomach, Not Butterflies!
Updated: Jan 15
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Do you remember when you were in school and when you saw that person you liked, a warm glow enveloped you and you felt those famous butterflies in your stomach? Yeah... those probably weren't butterflies. Say hello to your gut microbes (way less cute right)
Many of us instinctively feel the connection between our gut and our brain. That connection and how the variety of bacteria that reside in our digestive tract (our microbiome) could help treat mental illness have become a field of interest for scientists in recent years.
A Happy Gut Is A Happy Mind
A series of studies conducted over the past 20 years on how probiotics play an important role in the recovery of adults with disorders such as anxiety and depression were analyzed by researchers of various universities.
So You're Telling Me Yoghurt Can Help My Anxiety
Short answer: yes. Now here's the longwinded and and scientific answer:
When the microbiota is altered, alterations in emotions and behaviour can also occur.The relationship between food and the microbiota is bidirectional. There is a difference in preferences for one or more foods as the bacterial composition is changed. And the opposite is also true. Changes in diet modify our flora (the wonderful bacterial world within our gut)
So next time you're feeling down, remember that you're making the bacteria in your stomach sad too.
The easiest way to change the bacterial flora is by taking probiotic foods that contain the living microorganisms that make it up. We find them in pickles, seasoned olives, miso, sauerkraut, figs or water kefir and kombucha.
Seed: The Company That Took Probiotics One Step Further
As you walk through the juice or health food aisles at your local grocery store, you will likely see many labels touting the benefits of probiotics for gut health.
But like many things that become trends, probiotics have been twisted and misrepresented by those just looking to make a quick buck. Many pseudoscientific street vendors tout probiotic products that don't offer scientifically documented health benefits.
Fortunately, Seed Probiotics are based on a solid scientific foundation rather than fads or gimmicks.
Seed is a collective entity formed not only by scientists, but also by other researchers and entrepreneurs. The emblematic project of this group is what they call the Daily Synbiotic. This, unlike many other products that are supposed to be "probiotics" in some form, is entirely based on actual scientific research and shows real physical benefits in people who take it every day.
Marketing aside, those benefits are well known, and people are increasingly learning about the importance of gut health to overall well-being.
What problems can Seed's probiotics help me with?
Contains a strain of bacteria that has a calming effect and has shown benefit in cases of anxiety, acute stress and pain.
They have been found to be beneficial in treating chronic fatigue.
They help normalize behavioural changes and can be helpful in cases of depression.
They produce dopamine, the lack of which is associated with cases of fatigue and attention deficit.
They stand out for their excellent analgesic qualities (pain relief)
The benefits of Seed Probiotics are not limited to digestive health. They have been shown to improve heart health, skin, immune system, reproductive health, and even antioxidant stress (makes you look younger, only a little bit though)
Keep Your Bacteria Happy
Whether you opt for the male or female formulation, the Daily Synbiotic is exclusively available from Seed via subscription. Every month, you will get 60 capsules. Your first month will also include a refillable glass bottle and travel vial. After that, it will come in more sustainable packaging for your refills. Get yours here. Since we've partnered with Seed, they're giving our readers an extra 20% off, use code: CYBERGUT at checkout.