“The microbiome is redefining our sense of self.” – Ara Katz
This week co-founder and co-CEO of Seed, Ara Katz, joins DENtalks to break down everything you need to know about your microbiome – think gut health, bacteria, and probiotics – into an easy-to-understand, digestible format (pun intended!) Named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in America by Marie Claire, and part of the Silicon Alley Top 100 and 36 Rockstar Women in NYC Tech by Business Insider, Ara is on a mission to educate people about how the growing research around our microbiome can change human and planetary health alike. We talk about how science can be spiritual, what exactly the difference between a probiotic and prebiotic is and where you can and can’t actually get them, and how this new body of research is bridging much of the historical divide between Eastern and Western medicine. Stay tuned for a special personal practice Ara uses at the office and an exclusive promo code to try combined probiotic and prebiotic Seed for listeners!
“You are an ecosystem.” – Ara Katz
- Hands up, hands down
Seed & Microbiome References
- What is the microbiome?
- Bacteria may live in the brain
- Vaginal seeding
- Gut brain axis
- Leaky gut
- American Gut Project
- Probiotic vs. Prebiotic
- Jamie Lee Curtis for Danon
Yoga & Vedic References
Other Health References
- The myth of alkalizing your body
- Eastern vs. Western Medicine
- The quantified self
- Human Genome Project
- Favorite Book: The People’s History of the United States
- Type of Meditation You Rely on the Most: Anything guided
- Daily Practice: I walk.
- Favorite Self Care Hack: The practice of non-attachment. I genuinely choose not to suffer.
- Type of Meditation you rely on most?
Psychic Meditation which is energy tools, visual meditation which is also her personal practice
- Helpful tip for valuable meditation?
Focus on your breath, take the pressure off yourself that you have to do it right. Keep showing up and try different meditation to find what works for you.
- Self-Care Hack?
I make sure to clear everyone out of my space every night and get out into nature. I clear people’s energy by creating a bubble out infront of you, putting everyone from the day in that bubble, and then blow up the bubble. This gives the person their energy back.
- If you could give any piece of life advice what would it be?
If you don’t like how things are going, believe that you can change your perception and everything else will change.