What are probiotics and how can they help me? Read on to answer these questions and find out why I recently switched brands!
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I recently changed to a new brand of probiotic supplements and I’d like to share why I made the switch. Healthy living is a journey and I’m constantly growing and learning and I hope that’s part of your journey, as well. What I’ve recently learned about probiotics and how they work is what prompted me to switch brands to Seed.
I’ve always been very transparent about how I support using supplements to fill in the nutritional gaps that may happen, even to those with the best of intentions and eating whole-foods rich diets. There are some things that are impossible to achieve through diet alone, and one of those is nurturing your gut health with probiotics.
I have recommended probiotic supplements for gut health* for years. It’s something I wish I would have known more about during my pregnancies and especially when my son, Luke, experienced multiple protein intolerances as a breastfeeding infant. I’ve learned over the years what a profound impact gut health can have on your systematic health*.
It turns out, until recently, I didn’t have a full understanding of probiotics and exactly how they work. Just because a product is labeled “probiotic” doesn’t mean much these days, unfortunately, and there’s a lot to consider if you want a probiotic supplement that is beneficial.
What are Probiotics?
Let’s start with defining what probiotics actually are. It’s a simple definition.
Probiotics are live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.
A key term here is live. For purposes of this definition, live means it can survive. So the live bacteria you’re taking needs to survive the harsh trip from your mouth, through your digestive system, and into your colon.
In adequate amounts is important because appropriate doses have been studied in a clinical setting to have a benefit. You need the right amount.
The last part of the definition states that in order for a bacteria to be called a probiotic, it must confer a health benefit on the host. There are specific strains of bacteria that have been studied to cause a beneficial change in the body. Not all bacteria are created equally.
What Health Benefits Can Probiotics Give Me?
Now that we know in order for a probiotic to fit its definition it has to confer a health benefit to the host (that’s us!), what exactly are those health benefits?
Probiotics have been studied extensively in recent years, and found to have systematic health benefits. A lot of people believe it’s just about your digestion, but it goes beyond that. Probiotics can deliver core benefits to the gastrointestinal system, which influences systemic health*. Here’s a look at some health benefits probiotics can give you.
-Support gastrointestinal health.*
-Help maintain healthy gut barrier function and integrity.*
-Support healthy immunological responses in the gastrointestinal tract.*
-Promote heart health.*
-Help maintain blood cholesterol levels already in the normal range.*
-Promote healthy skin.*
A healthy gut is more complex than previously believed and more and more is being learned every day about how it impacts our overall health.
Why I Switched to Seed
I first learned about Seed through another blogger who wrote a huge probiotic report and listed Seed as one of three recommended brands. In my own research, I found a few key differences in Seed when comparing to other brands that compelled me to switch brands.
In full disclosure, I did receive a supply of Seed’s Symbiotic product for free. I will not receive a recurring subscription of their product for free, however, and that is something I will pay for on my own because I’m so impressed with this product and company.
In order to become an affiliate and promote Seed, I had to pass a test. They provide a course, Seed University, that anyone who wants to promote their product as an affiliate must take and then pass the associated test. Never in my 10 years of blogging have I been required to pass a test in order to promote a product. Very impressive!
One important difference you’ll find in Seed is their dedication to making sure their product can fit the above definition of a probiotic. Their main goal is to create a probiotic that has live microorganisms that can survive in our bodies all the way from our mouth to our colon, in the amount studied to be effective, and strains that are proven to provide health benefit. This isn’t easy and many probiotic supplements can’t claim all three, or even one, of these.
Here’s what you’ll find with Seed:
-Their Daily Synbiotic formulation contains prebiotics AND probiotics. Probiotics don’t work without prebiotics and you can’t be sure you’re getting the right amounts through diet alone. Including prebiotics in a supplement formulation is crucial.
-Clinically-tested, naturally-occurring strains not found in yogurt or fermented food or drink.
-Their formulation is vegan, gluten-free, preservative -free, and dairy-free.
-They have a 2-in-1 nested capsule technology, designed so the probiotics survive the trip through your digestive system! Probiotics are most effective when they make it to your colon alive. This is rare with most probiotics and Seed is committed to making sure it happens. Bonus: no synthetic or chemical coating and no refrigeration required!
-Free of excipients, binders, and agents.
-Seed adheres to the highest global regulatory standards—EFSA (Europe) and FOSHU (Japan)—and rigorously test beyond what’s required. You just don’t find that with any other brand.
Another aspect of Seed that I appreciate is their commitment to green packaging and sustainability.
When you start with Seed, your first shipment is your welcome kit. This will include your products in a bio-based tray made of renewable ingredients—starch, natural fibers, and water, which, by the way, is also produced energy-efficiently. It’s fully recyclable and home compostable. Even the shipping box is constructed from ecological paper made from algae.
The Daily Synbiotic product comes in a glass jar the first month. You also get a vial made of glass for easy travel.
After that, you’ll receive your probiotics in a home compostable bio-based pouch for refilling your original jar. I love this!
I’m a huge fan of Seed and am happy to share this brand with you. Seed has agreed to give Happy Healthy Mama readers 15% off their first month supply of Daily Synbiotic. Use code HAPPYHEALTHYMAMA to claim this special offer.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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