Health & Wellness

Why Probiotics Are Important For Gut Health After Explant Surgery

This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are 100% my own.

As many of you know, I had my breast implants removed 3.5 months ago (it's also called explant surgery) due to several auto immune symptoms and symptoms of BII (also known as breast implant illness). The surgery I had was an explant with total capsulectomy (removal of scar capsules that formed around the implants), and mastopexy (breast lift). I have zero regrets, and honestly feel so much better.

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As someone who had a foreign object in her body in which the body was attacking and fighting back, you can imagine the toll it took on my health. It is why my body wreaked havoc in so many crazy ways.

Symptoms included:
*Hypothyroidism 😢
*Lupus 😞
*Sjögren's syndrome
*CREST Syndrome
*Degenerative Disc Disease
*Kidney Dysfunction (they found a small mass in my kidney right before surgery that I need to address again in a couple of months)
*Gallbladder problems
*Fevers/Night Sweats
*Panic attacks
*Rheumatoid Arthritis
*Heart Palpitations
*Shortness of breath
*Capsular Contracture
*Swollen lymph nodes in underarms, throat, breast and groin
*Unexplained weight gain
*Cold and numbing of hands and feet
*Brain Fog
*Memory Loss
*Muscle and Joint Pain/Weakness
*Chronic fatigue and exhaustion (thought it was long jet lag due to constant travel)
*Chronic inflammation
*Hormonal Imbalance (and estrogen/progesterone imbalance)
*Gastrointestinal Issues (Acid Reflux and IBS)
*Sudden food intolerances and allergies
*Persistent viral, bacterial and yeast infections (especially UTI’s)
*Slow muscle recovery after activities (thought it was because I over worked out)
*Hair loss and dry skin (they blamed it on dry weather in Vegas lol)
*Skin rashes
*Ear ringing
*Decline in vision (I had 20/20 vision before implants)

As you can see, it was an extensive list. I'm happy to report that about 60% of these symptoms are completely gone after removing my breast implants. The other 40% of symptoms come and go in what BII experts call “detox waves”. Detox waves are the body trying to push all the toxins out and at the same time, heal and re-balance itself. It's common after surgeries and especially when medical devices have been explanted.

During my post surgery recovery, I found that my body was pushing detox instead of detoxing naturally. I was having waves of bad days where old breast implant symptoms would flare up, and then weeks where the days were great and I felt healthy and energized.

I shared my post operative recovery challenges with other women who had dealt with BII and had their implants removed, and every single one of them recommended a healthy diet, taking vitamin supplements, using detox binder charcoals, and taking probiotics. Seemed simple enough thanks to their guidance, however, when it came time to find the right probiotics, I had to research it quite a bit. I came across advice from my lovely friend, Leah Segedie of Mamavation on best types of probiotics. After reading her post, I was convinced that Seed is the best choice for me.

Seed is a company developing next generation probiotics to improve both human and planetary health. Seed developed a flagship Daily Synbiotic (a combination of probiotics + prebiotics), which combines 24 clinically-studied, naturally-occuring probiotic strains and patented, plant-based prebiotics sourced from Indian pomegranate and Scandinavian chaga mushroom and pine bark.

I reached out to Seed and asked them if I could partner with them and also become an affiliate and they said YES! I have been using it for the last week, and will definitely keep you posted on how it's coming along after using it for a few weeks.

Some of the really unique things about Seed as a company is their passion for sustainability and commitment to planetary health. Their packaging is made from mushrooms & FSC certified cardboard, very impressive! My package also included one glass jar, refills in bio-based pouches that will arrive each month, AND they also provided a glass travel vial for when you're on the go (which is me traveling at least once every six weeks!). They were also featured in Fast Company when they recently announced their probiotic for honey bees, developed to counter the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides and to reduce American Foulbrood Disease for honey bee populations. They are truly proactive in contributing to saving the bees!

Seed Daily Synbiotic was formulated for systematic benefits beyond digestion, in collaboration with their Chief Scientist, who authored the scientific definition of ‘probiotics’ for the UN – World Health Organization. The probiotic strains are clinically proven to support gut health, heart health, skin health, gut immune function and metabolic health. When it comes to transparency, they dominate. Seed tests beyond what's required and shares laboratory results proving they have non-detectable levels of glyphosate and other pesticides.

I'm honored and proud to partner with Seed. I encourage you to prioritize your gut health and take your daily synbiotics!

Right now, when you use the code ITMOM on the Seed website, you will receive 15% off your first month of Seed's Daily Synbiotic subscription. You can subscribe to the Seed Daily Synbiotic (which is a probiotic + prebiotic formulation developed for system benefits for $49.99 per month along with free U.S. shipping (international flat-rate). Plus you can skip or cancel anytime, and the purchase of the Seed Daily Synbiotic comes with a 30 day risk-free guarantee! Let us know if you end up trying it. I'm thrilled to be on the right path for my health, because health is wealth, and health comes first!

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