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Why I care about gut health—Co-Founder Joel shares his story

Plagued by debilitating gut issues, Co-Founder Joel found the cause: stress. Now, he's on a mission to help others.

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Joel Freeman
May 25, 2021
3 min read

What's your relationship with your gut?

Gut health has been a hot topic lately, and more and more of you have been getting in touch with questions for our experts about it—from bloating and pain after eating, to skin issues, brain fog and everything in-between. 

So, I thought it was time for me to share my experiences with you all... hopefully it helps. And, there might even be some pretty exciting news to share too.

My gut health story

Gut health has been something that’s been with me all my life. Growing up, stomach issues of one sort or another were always kicking around. It was nothing major, they were just… there.

Fast forward to when we founded and ran Mobula and I found myself in a really stressful situation, having trouble staying focused, and, yep, the gut issues were back in full force. I was having major problems after eating, in fact, every time I ate it hurt. Not at all fun when you love food as much as I do. I tried loads of different diets, and even began to avoid eating during the work day as it was having a massive negative impact on my ability to get anything done. 

After a few months of this, I had a huge flare-up from drinking half a beer one night at the theatre. I spent the next 48 hours in agony, with a high temperature in the same clothes I had gone out in. It was time to see a specialist!

I found out that my gut issues were triggered by stress. Something I found hard to believe as mentally, I felt fine—but for me (and lots of other people), the stress of my daily life was taking its toll on my body. 

Was it stress all along?

It’s all to do with the gut-brain connection. In some cases, stress slows down digestion, causing bloating, pain, and constipation. While in others it speeds it up, causing diarrhoea and frequent trips to the loo. Some people lose their appetite completely. It’s completely unique to each person, but the common factor is stress. 

So, I started to focus on my gut health. Now, I take lots of different probiotics as well as fibre (the least sexy of all the supplements), and it definitely helps—even though about once a month I still have an off day, when my body and stomach aches, and I find it hard to focus. 

I have to say though, I don’t love taking so many different things. Some are liquids, and need to be refrigerated, or need to be taken at specific times. It’s a massive faff. And no good at all for a weekend away. 

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Now for the exciting part. We are now ready to start developing a new Smart Probiotic to help other people like me. The Smart Supplement was developed to give the brain all the vital nutrients it needs, whilst the Smart Probiotic will help your gut health.

We are developing the product for you and want your feedback. It takes around 7 minutes.

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