Supercharged Yogurt vs. Seed Synbiotics, Part 2: Allergies, Gluten Sensitivity and Energy

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Hi, all! As a follow up to the post from a few days ago, I wanted to point out a few more observations during my first month of Seed Synbiotics. As you know from that post, there are several key comparisons (for me, at least) between the pre- and probiotic pills and the supercharged yogurt that I’d made for several months.

(Oh, and here’s a good time to give my usual disclaimer: I’m not a medical person or clinician or anything like that, I just like trying different things in my quest to heal autoimmune junk, so please don’t use this as medical advice, just take it for what it is — my observations with my body.)

1. Energy: I’d felt like I had a low-grade fever or cold after a couple of weeks on Seed and my energy levels were pretty low. Like, always-wanting-to-nap-or-sleep low. I’d felt like I was having an autoimmune flare-up, the kind that used to be a consistent and persistent part of my everyday life.

It isn’t fair to point to Seed for these symptoms, but it also may be true that they are related and maybe the reaction was a sign that my body was/is in need of those particular things that Seed was cultivating in my system?

You see, as my gorgeous and lovely and wonderful cousin noted during a visit last weekend, sometimes the things that are the most challenging for us are the things we need most. (True, our conversation was about whether I should reconsider getting my butt to the gym or follow a weight-loss plan while I complained about my chubbiness and how much I hate gyms.)

But it did make me wonder if there could be a correlation between the funk I was feeling, Seed and, potentially, a need for whatever it was bringing to this body? Maybe my body’s reaction was simply it doing what it should do?

Still, after several months of supercharged yogurt and a couple of fairly successful years of working with Doc to calm the autoimmune responses, I’m a bit hesitant to go down the road of irritating my immune system in the hope of healing it. Like my disdain of gyms and diets, it could ultimately prove to be to my detriment.

That said, I haven’t taken the pills in two days and the flare-up feeling is gone. Worth noting.

2. Seasonal allergies: Since I developed seasonal allergies in my 20s, they were typically mild-but-annoying, not in any way debilitating but always there in spring and fall, for a couple of weeks or so. Ever since I started working with Doc more than 2.5 years ago, they had essentially disappeared. (It should be said, too, that when I gave up gluten about three years ago, the symptoms were quite reduced, they just were mitigated even more with Doc’s work.)

Now they’re back. And again, I’m not saying that the probiotic mix in Seed has led to this, it’s just an observation. When this body acts/reacts, I notice. That’s all.

3. Gluten sensitivity: With both Seed and the supercharged yogurt, my gluten sensitivity, while still apparent during accidental glutenings, has been very much diminished. Not to the point that I’ll risk my dream of eating a wood-fired pizza, but enough so that if I have an accidental cross-contamination or accidental ingestion of something like a whisp of soy sauce, I have a relatively minor rash — just a blister or two. It goes away in about two days or less, as opposed to the insanely painful, widespread rashes that lasted for two weeks at a whack with even the tiniest of accidental glutenings in the past.

My conclusions:

Seed is a well-researched and well-made product and I’ve only been on it for a month (and I’d been on the yogurt for about five or six months). So, although the scale’s tipped in favor of the yogurt so far, the jury’s still out. But if I’m going to go with my gut instincts (and since so much of this blog is about what happens there, why not?), I’m going to say that Seed, by itself, may not be quite the right probiotic mix for me.

And since I’m not 100% convinced that Seed’s not beneficial in some way, too, here’s what I’ve decided to do: I’ve ordered BioGaia Gastrus tablets so that I can make the supercharged yogurt again. They should arrive soon, hopefully tomorrow, and I’ll be back on the supercharged yogurt in a matter of days.

And although I’ve cancelled my Seed subscription, I’ll still take one pill every other day or so. I think having the mix of probiotics that it offers likely is beneficial. (If I kept the Seed subscription going, I’d have way too many pills hanging around, so it seemed wise to cancel it. Hopefully, I can buy one bottle at a time if I choose to keep it going longer.)

I’m looking forward to this combined experiment and will, of course, keep you posted.

Thank you, too, for reading, I appreciate the views and likes and follows and I wish you happy health, too! Cheers, xoxoxo!
Photo: ginu plathottam, 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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