Seed Synbiotics vs. Supercharged Yogurt, One Month In. Which is Winning?

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Hi friends, it’s nearly a month already since I replaced my beloved supercharged yogurt — loaded with lactobacillus reuteri (aka, l. reuteri) thanks to this recipe using BioGaia Gastrus — with the dazzling Seed synbiotics, which are pre- and probiotics, together, in a simple (and simply gorgeous) capsule that’s taken two at a time, once each day.

If you’ve followed this blog, you may recall that when I first started making the supercharged yogurt, I started to notice positive changes pretty quickly.

Among them, my digestion was amazing (as noted by the daily “outcome,” if you will). My skin looked and felt happy, my nails were strong, smooth and shiny. My mood was great and my anxiety stayed pretty even-keeled, even when tested time and time again.

And while the hair on my head didn’t make any kind of stellar comeback (yet), it was doing just fine everywhere else, including my eyelashes and emerging eyebrows. (Considering, too, that I lost the hair on my head first, then everywhere else after that, as my body moved from simple alopecia areata through alopecia totalis and universalis, I thought maybe I’d regrow it in revese order: body first, head last.)

Still, in my endless curiosity about all things autoimmune and gut, after about 5-6 months of experimenting with supercharged yogurt, I was seduced by both the simple beauty of Seed synbiotics (did I mention how gorgeous they are, packaging and all?) and, it has to be said, the simplicity of taking a daily pill dose, as opposed to making yogurt every 10 days or so. (If you’re wondering why I didn’t just take the BioGaia Gastrus tablets once a day, as directed, I tried that but often forgot. Then I’d read about superboosting the l. reuteri probiotics in the Wheat Belly recipe and figured I’d give that a go — and getting to eat a lovely yogurt every morning while feeling better and better seemed to be a good formula for me.)

Now, friends, I’m just about a month in and with my second month of Seed on the way, I thought I’d give an update. (As you’ll recall if you’re an ongoing reader and you should know if you’re new, I don’t get any kickbacks from any companies. I’m just telling about my experiences.)

Here’s my honest assessment (please note that this is totally non-scientific and I’m not a medical professional or anything remotely close. I just like these experiments to try and heal some health issues, and the potential outcomes — hair growth, skin and nail texture, digestive happiness and more — are all very real in my world).

  1. Digestive happiness: Supercharged yogurt wins, hands down. That’s not to say that Seed isn’t impressive — it’s still keeping things moving forward, mostly. However, when stress invaded my life and routines were tossed out the window — both things that have happened several times over the last 6-7 months — the supercharged yogurt still managed to keep my digestion happy, while I got a bit blocked during this first month of Seed, particularly the last few days. Too soon to really call this one, to be sure, but so far, it seems that my body responds better to the supercharged yogurt.
  2. Skin, hair and nails: Let’s take these one at a time. This last month, my skin texture has been all right. But with the supercharged yogurt, it was more glowy, more (dare I say?) radiant. Now, it’s smooth, decent, but something’s missing. My nails, too, aren’t as healthy looking. Still fairly smooth (though somewhat ridgier) and more prone to breaking. And my hair? I think it’s about the same on the head (I have a couple hundred snow-white hairs up there.) But this morning, I checked for the peach fuzz at the back (where alopecia ophiasis ensured that nothing lived for years but that grew bits of peach fuzz in the supercharged yogurt days). It now seems to be fuzzless again.
  3. Mood/anxiety: I don’t know what it is about the supercharged yogurt and the lactobacillus reuteri, but I was a tremendously mellow madame with that stuff. Now, I’m more towards my normal, albeit a bit better. In the past, I’d mentioned the undercurrent of anxiety I’d always had in my belly but that went away with the supercharged yogurt. Now, although I have real anxiety, too, I also have the undercurrent back. Not as pronounced as pre-Seed/pre-supercharged yogurt, but there again.
  4. Hormonal balance: I didn’t really talk about this one when I was going through the supercharged yogurt experiment but I’d meant to, as I think it’s important. I started the supercharged yogurt when I was 52.5 years old and without a shred of perimenopause in sight. Still, I’d had hormone-imbalance issues for years.About three months into the supercharged yogurt experiment, I noticed that the few signs of the imbalances were significantly reduced and by the time I ended the experiment last month, they’d essentially disappeared. I didn’t really chalk it up to the yogurt, though, so much as the notion that maybe I’d (finally) entered perimenopause and thus, perhaps they were abating. And that may still be the case. But this month, it seems like all the imbalance symptoms came roaring back.
    I looked it up this morning on the interwebs to see if there could be a connection, because the difference in how I feel is so pronounced. This article, which cites several studies on the topic, indicates that l. reuteri has been shown to help reduce hormone imbalances and, thus, reduce the symptoms, too. Hmmm….(FYI: Seed has a couple of l. reuteri strains in it, too, just not the particular strains that the BioGaia Gastrus tablets have.)

So, I think that’ll do for this update. It’s a lot to think about, indeed…or is it?

Do I do another month of Seed, just to give it a fair(er) shake? Do I go back to supercharged yogurt? Do I do a combo of both, with one Seed capsule daily for pro- and pre-biotic diversity and the supercharged yogurt daily, too, because of all the benefits I’d experienced?

What do you think? Let me know in the comments and do tell, too, if you have any experience with either some form of the supercharged yogurt (or BioGaia Gastrus tablets, straight up) or Seed synbiotics. I’d love to hear what you’re experiences are with any and all, thank you!

I’ll be back in a few weeks or so with another update, cheers! xoxoxo

Photo: Pixabay, via, thank you!

{Note: These are my own experiences with holistic healing and a whole slew of self-experiments and aren’t meant as medical advice for anyone else. But, I know a lot of friends and family members are grappling with a huge variety of autoimmune issues and other ailments, so I’m happy to share my experiences. And if this is your first visit and you’d like to follow chronologically, click here. Otherwise, enjoy!}


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