Updated: May 13
If you are interested in the topic of integrative mental health (which I imagine is why you are reading this) you may have already heard about the importance of our gut health in our mental health.
The Gut-Brain Connection
Recent science has noticed a greater connection between the brain and the gut. In essence, the two communicate, back and forth. We have learned that the intestines generate the same brain hormones (neurochemicals) associated with our mental health, including serotonin, or "the happy chemical," known for producing happiness and well-being.
But what does this mean for you? Read on, friend.
Research shows that a healthy gut might be essential in your mental health - particularly anxiety, depression, and stress.
As an integrative psychotherapist, I focus on the mind and behavior of my patients, but also on their lifestyle choices, diets, exercises, and yes, gut health. Now, if you are experiencing severe gut issues, IBS, leaky gut, or have major food intolerance, then I would recommend seeing a Functional Medical Doctor and Functional Nutritionist to begin your journey back to health. (Feel free to reach out to me for suggestions.)
However, if your gut appears "fine" but you struggle with symptoms of anxiety, depression, or severe stress and have NOT ever considered your gut an accomplice, then the following is for you.
I want to introduce you to my favorite gut support system that I use every day—the probiotic, Seed. Probiotics help promote a healthy digestive tract and a strong immune system by replacing the "good" bacteria and increasing the level of serotonin (the happy chemical) in the brain.
I have been taking Seed as my chosen probiotic for the past nine months, and I LOVE it. It has improved my energy, smoothed out mood shifts, and makes my tummy happy. It has a dual capsule, which ensures an effective delivery into the intestines AND happens to come in the most chic packaging and monthly subscription delivered to your door, making it far easier to take consistently!
Here are some details on the formulation, directly from the source, Seed.com: The Daily Synbiotic combines clinically-verified, naturally-occurring probiotic strains (not found in yoghurt, most supplements, or fermented foods and beverages) with a new class of patented plant- based, non-fermenting prebiotics sourced from Indian pomegranate and Scandinavian chaga mushroom and pine bark. It’s available in both female (24 strains) and male (20 strains) formulations. It’s the first to take a Microbe-Systems Approach with strain-specific benefits beyond digestive health, including heart health, skin health, gut immune function, reproductive health, gut barrier integrity, and oxidative stress. The female formulation is also the first to increase folate production from within the body.
The Daily Synbiotic is free from: Dairy • Gluten • Soy • GMOs • Binders • Fillers • Flowing Agents • Excipients • Preservatives • All 12 classes of allergens defined by (EFSA) – European Food and Safety Authority
It adheres to the following diets: Vegan • Vegetarian • Ketogenic
Now, If you are using a probiotic that is working for you, there may not be any need to switch it up. But if you want to try Seed, here's a special discount on your first order at Seed. Use the code CMELETTA15 and get 15% off your first month of your Daily Synbiotic subscription.
Happy gut health! As always, comment on your experience, or share your favorite probiotic and let's continue to share the gut-health-wealth with one another.
Much love, always,