The Magic of the Microbiome with Ashley Harris of LoveBug Probiotics
Today’s episode perfectly encompasses this month’s theme of framily (friends plus family). Our conversation really focuses on the gut, our microbiome, and how we not only impact our health and immune system but our friends and family — the people we surround ourselves with every day — do as well.
Today our guest is Ashley Harris! Ashley owns this amazing company called LoveBug Probiotics. We actually love it so much that Sophie even sells it on her own site, Philosophie Superfoods. We use them every day and even with our kids too! Having a high-quality probiotic is so important to your lifestyle and we’re so excited to have her on the podcast today to share all about the importance of incorporating a probiotic into your lifestyle!
In the story Ashley tells us today, she explains why she created her company, LoveBug, out of necessity for herself, her family, and especially her child. It’s an incredibly insightful and powerful story that really sheds light on the power of probiotics and how crucial these healthy bacteria can be to our health! Ashley also shares some awesome tips for maintaining gut health and your microbiome, explains why the people you surround yourself with can greatly impact your physical health, and speaks about how your mental health impacts your gut health and vice-versa.
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[2:00] Sophie shares a fantastic quote with us.
[2:37] About today’s conversation and general themes.
[9:15] About Ashley and her incredible products!
[15:22] The conversation portion of the podcast.
[15:51] Ashley shares the story of how she came to discover the power of probiotics.
[25:28] The importance of maintaining the health of our gut and microbiome and how the people you surround yourself with can greatly impact not only your mental health but your physical health, as well!
[30:13] The impact of artificial food on our health and wellness and what you can do to get a whole, nutritious diet.
[36:53] Ashley talks about the substantial shift in meat being antibiotic-free and the growing trend with organic foods.
[39:02] Bugs are good! Don’t sanitize your life away!
[42:25] Ashley walks us through the journey of creating her probiotic company.
[46:16] What are Ashley’s thoughts on raw milk? Is there any danger to feeding your baby raw milk?
[51:28] How your gut health impacts your mental health.
[55:00] What is the best advice Ashley has ever received?
[57:43] What has been Ashley’s proudest moment to-date?
[58:52] What has been Ashley’s most challenging or difficult moment to-date/
[1:00:34] What are Ashley’s self-care practices?
[1:04:25] What ignites Ashley’s life?
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Our story starts with bugs. During the birth of her son Hudson, LoveBug Probiotics co-founder Ashley Harris was put on broad-spectrum antibiotics as a preventive measure. Over the next few months both Ashley and Hudson started getting sick. Ashley began suffering constant migraines and noticed a weakened immune system. Her son was very colicky, had digestive issues and then right around the same time both Ashley and Hudson developed eczema. Frustrated, Ashley began a quest to discover what was happening to her and her son, and why. The culprit: bad gut bacteria. Doctors tested Ashley and found her symptoms were tied to a severe imbalance in her gut bacteria and that she had an array of digestive issues including candida, dysbiosis, and leaky gut. Her microbiome had very little of the good bacteria vital to good health – and plenty of the bad bugs.
After discovering both she and Hudson had an imbalance in their gut bacteria, Ashley prodded her husband, co-founder Ben Harris, to get his own labs done. He found an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in his digestive system as well. Research led them to the wonders of probiotics and, after taking them, they noticed a dramatic turnaround in their overall health.
Fascinated, and committed to sharing their newly acquired good gut health with the world, they jumped into serious research. Partnering with leading scientists, they set out to create supplements with only the best probiotic strains, delivering the most bugs to where they’re needed to do their work. LoveBug Probiotics was born!
The Philosophie offers cleanses and other nutritional products that are unlike any of the other supplements and detoxification programs on the market. Why? Because they actually nourish the body with whole, live, nutrient-rich foods. Each of the Philosophie superfoods and protein blends is vegan, raw, gluten-free, and has absolutely no filler ingredients.