Stephen Manderson a.k.a Professor Green, musician, mental health advocate and founder of Aguulp, on the link between mind and gut health…
We talk about his journey to creating Aguulp, a new supplement that supports the brain gut axis – born out his experience of gut health problems since birth and years of conventional treatments that caused awful side effects. He discusses how working on Aguulp compares with being on stage, how he’s feeling about becoming a dad, how his dogs benefit his mental health and how he stays in balance by practising breath work.
Professor Green on starting Aguulp
“All of the large traumatic events I’ve had in my life have always gone to my gut, whether related or not. If I get stressed, it goes to my gut…if I get happy it goes to my gut”.
Professor Green talks openly about suffering from pyloric stenosis as a baby, which continued to cause problems throughout his childhood. He was diagnosed with IBS and later went on to have surgery for gastritis that left his stomach partially paralysed. Instead of taking his doctors’ recommendation of more surgery, he fixed his gut through a healthy diet and high-quality supplements. Doctors were shocked by his nearly perfect blood panels. What shocked him was that he also felt happier, less anxious, had deeper sleep and higher motivation.
He worked with scientists to create Aguulp – innovative and easy-to-use liquid formulas fortified with a liposomal nutrient-delivery that delivers up to 98% absorption of vitamins and minerals.
Professor Green on how presence doesn’t equal productivity
“I talk a good game but I’m very much a work in progress myself. I find that I’ll stress over getting everything I need to do done… There’s much more to be said for doing things efficiently and not working 14 hours a day but then I find myself, quite often working 16 hours a day, and stressing myself. I’m on stage talking about how to look after yourself to better improve your mental wellbeing, how to better take care of physical health, not everything that seems urgent is important yet I am running around treating everything with the same level of panic I would if I was actually fighting a fire”.
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