Back in the Saddle, Again: Supercharged Yogurt Benefits are Back on Track!

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Hi friends! It’s been just about a month since I’ve been back on the supercharged yogurt. (If you’ve been following this, you know the about the supercharged yogurt and if you’re new to this blog, it’s a homemade concoction that contains BioGaia Gastrus tablets, which contain a couple of strains of the probiotic lactobacillus reuteri, or l. reuteri, and is based on the popular Wheat Belly yogurt recipe, with a few tweaks.)

Seriously, folks, I don’t know what I’d do if I ever had to go without this stuff again. Life has been very stressful these last few months and I definitely notice a difference in my ability to cope with it when I’ve got the yogurt in daily rotation.

Here’s the lowdown:

Stress management: I’m far better at handling daily and major stresses. This is huge in so many ways. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’d always seemed to lack a resiliency gene. Before, while I’d get through stressful times, it’d never be without my mind, body, spirit and relationships taking a serious beating. My autoimmune issues would quickly manifest and whatever tiny bits of hair I’d have would disappear. I’d eat myself into a frenzy and easily gain 4-8 pounds in any weeklong or 10-day span. I’d lose sleep. I’d be hellacious to be around.

Now, while it certainly still gets to me some, the edges are smoothed over significantly. If I get short with people, I’m able to quickly change tack and steer my mental ship back toward kindness and empathy.

If you read up on l. reuteri, there are a ton of interesting animal studies and some human studies, too. (Here’s a summary of one study that looks at its connections to oxytocin production/assimilation, aka, “the love hormone,” conducted by a team at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and there are loads more out there, so Google up if you’re interested.)

It’s entirely possible that this could be behind my seemingly newfound stockpile of resilience, compassion and overall good humor. I may never really know, but I’m pretty certain that it’s somehow directly related to my supercharged yogurt.

Eyebrows and lashes (aka, alopecia totalis/universalis impacts): My eyebrows are slowly coming back in. In this post, I mentioned that my bare brow was showing tiny bits of hair growth, and in this one, that my eyelashes were looking quite lovely and the eyebrow hairs were coming in more, and pigmented. This is superbig news in the world of alopecia areata (at least, in my world of two-decades-plus of various progressive autoimmune-based alopecias).

When I briefly experimented with Seed Synbiotics, though, the progress halted and after just a few weeks, the brows were noticeably thinning again. Ugh! Then, my scalp felt dead, like rubber. Exactly as it had when I had the bad reaction to some adaptogens last year.

Now, all of that seems to be getting back to its pre-Seed, supercharged yogurt state. I’ll keep you posted (I know I keep promising pics and I will post them, sometime. Also, let me just say that from the info I’ve found/read, Seed products are well-researched and high quality probiotics and prebiotics. I just don’t think they were the right strains or combinations for me).

Weight/appetite: If I eat horribly, it’s more contained to a single crappy meal a day, rather than a weeklong spree. That’s remarkable for me, too, as I’ve always been an emotional eater. My weight’s even gone down a titch (more on that in another post, when I update on the never-ending six-month-into-years-long Healthy Challenge).

Sleep: If I lose some sleep, the quality of the hours I do get seem more restful, more restorative. Not that I don’t feel sleepy and nappy mid-afternoon on those days, but it’s more manageable.

In a nutshell: If you ask me, these are all great results and a lot for just about four weeks back on the supercharged yogurt. I’m pretty well convinced now that my body simply needs this stuff. Would it do as well if I just took a Bio Gaia Gastrus tablet each day? Maybe, but when I tried to do that in the past, I found that I often forgot to take them. I never forget to eat yogurt, though!

So, there’s a quickie update. If anyone out there is trying either the supercharged yogurt, or the Wheat Belly version or just the BioGaia Gastrus tablets, I’d love to know how it’s going for you, so please share in the comments, if you’re willing, thank you! (And a reminder, I don’t get any kickbacks for this stuff, I’m just relaying my experiences.)

I’ll post again soon, cheers and happy health to you! xoxoxo

Photo: Pixabay at, 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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