Back in 2013 when I was first diagnosed with acute anxiety, the doctor suggested that nutrition and gut health could play a part in my well being. At the time I was too distressed to pay any attention. I remember thinking, “is this woman serious? My stomach has NOTHING to do with my head. Just give me the freaking drugs and make all of this go away!” Only people with IBS need to worry about their gut, right?
I suppose I didn’t want to believe that a few lifestyle changes could have an impact.
Only in the last year have I began to take the gut/brain theory more seriously. I knew about the basics of course. Caffeine and alcohol are bad for the brain, simple. The usual “don’t do anything you enjoy because it’s probably bad for you” spiel that I hear too often. (You do realise that I could get hit by a car right? Eaten by a shark, taken hostage by pirates. Are you sure I can’t have one little glass of wine, guilt free)!
Speaking of bad habits, another one of mine is that I read far more than a person should. This is how I discovered that I have a ‘second brain,’ my stomach:
“Think of the last time you felt sick to your stomach because you were anxious, scared, or over-the-moon elated. Scientists are learning that this intimate relationship between the gut and the brain is bidirectional: Just as your brain can send butterflies to your stomach, your gut can relay its state of calm or alarm to the brain.”
David Perlmutter, MD
After reading the article by Mr Perlmutter I felt quite emotional. How could I have been so ignorant? It made perfect sense. This second brain manufactured Serotonin, the feel good messenger that I lacked. I would strongly recommend that readers have a look at the full article. Click here to view. I also learned that both GABA and Glutamate (fancy names as usual), are produced by gut bacteria. Basically, Glutamate is a neurotransmitter that is involved in cognition and memory. GABA is an amino acid, it calms nerve activity by normalising brain waves and helps to re balance the nervous system after a period of stress. Sort of like the antidote to Cortisol. Mental health conditions such as Anxiety have been attributed to a lack of GABA and Glutamate.
This information shocked me to my core. For years I’d been noticing that I felt wired after eating lunch, or could barely string a sentence together after a day of indulgence.
I immediately wanted to give my gut the tlc that it’d been without for so many years. It was certainly worth a shot. But I didn’t know where to start, there are so many products out there.
This is when by chance (or the gut God’s of fate), I came across Symprove on a friend’s Instagram. Symprove is like fuel for your gut, it reinforcements to the gut bacteria army.
Once I got past the whole good and bad bacteria thing, it made perfect sense.
The reasons why Symprove works and is different to anything else on the market is as follows:
- The bacteria in a bottle of Symprove are ALIVE and activated before they even enter the human body
- As a water-based supplement (rather than dairy), Symprove doesn’t trigger digestion, meaning the bacteria can SURVIVE the hostile, acidic environment of our stomach
- As soon as they arrive in the small intestines the combination of four bacteria strains in Symprove work together to quickly multiply and THRIVE in the gut
(Information taken from the Symprove website).
At the age of thirty-one I’m not as susceptible to marketing campaigns as I once was. After consideration, I decided to purchase two bottles and agreed to pass judgement in two months.
The first few weeks were uneventful. I didn’t notice any difference, not a single thing. However, half way through week three a few subtle changes began to emerge. For starters my bowel movements were regular, not the nicest of topics, but we all do it.
My skin wasn’t as congested and I genuinely had more energy. I wasn’t gagging for my morning coffee as much as I used to. Fatigue is a big factor to my mental health, so this was a great surprise.
I’m currently on month three. It’s difficult to explain, but I just feel better. More balanced. What’s even more amazing, is that I’ve managed to reduce my SSRI medication from 50mg to 25mg, something I NEVER thought I could do. I’ve been on 50mg for over five years and had accepted that it was something I would need to take for life. It would seem as though my gut is helping to address the balance. This is a really exciting prospect for me. My body helping itself.
I wouldn’t say that I’m cured, as anxiety is an illness that I live with, but I feel healthier than I have in a long time. My second brain is now high on my list of priorities.
What do you need to know about Symprove:
- It ain’t cheap. The going rate for a bottle is £21.95 (this is one week’s worth). Bare in mind that it could take up to 90 days before you see any improvement. A month’s supply is £79, which works out around £1.75 – I’m not going tell you that it’s worth it, because I can’t know for sure. What I will say is that for me, it was an investment in my health. My brain had been neglected for so long, surely it deserved an investment. Symprove have some really good deals and discounts on their website.
- It smells like piss. Yep, you heard me. Actual piss. BUT – it really doesn’t matter. I shot mine down in two gulps. Job done. I’ve had cough medicines that were much worse.
- Take it ten minutes before you eat or drink anything in the morning. This might sound like a pain, but it really isn’t. I just fit it into my morning routine. I stick the kettle on, have my symprove, then go and wash my face.
- For the best results take it daily. If you’re shelling out £79 for something then you owe it to yourself to take it seriously.
For Valentines Day I would like to show some love to my second brain. My beautiful and until recently, neglected gut!
For more information about Symprove and gut health click HERE.
This is not a sponsored post. I have not received any payment.
I purchased and consumed two bottles of Symprove before deciding to write this post.
However, in the interest of full disclosure I have seen received bottles of the product as a gift. I would like to thank Carol McEvoy at Symprove for this kind gesture.