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Hi, I'm Victoria


Victoria always considered herself healthy then in her early 30s she discovered a 4cm lump on her thyroid. She had half her thyroid removed and was on the mend as she dealt with post-operative hypothyroidism. Whilst knowing that her benign thyroid tumour may have occurred regardless, she felt it necessary to promptly assess her and her family’s diet. Victoria realised that whilst buying groceries that were considered healthy, her family was inadvertently consuming chemicals and hidden sugars.

On her journey to wellness, Victoria met with nutritionists, dieticians, naturopaths and doctors who each had wise advice to impart. She became overloaded with information so instead of worrying about what to eat she took control and along with her own research chose her own balanced pathway to health. From diet to sleep to the type of exercise undertaken, Victoria carved out a plan and it worked.

As with all things, once you uncover one element that needs improving another one comes along. Victoria started learning about the importance of the body’s microbiome. Victoria learnt how to ferment at home, and together with probiotics and a healthy diet it made a positive impact. Victoria learned that a single course of antibiotics in the past may have wiped out a third of her beneficial bacteria and that brain fog may not be caused by running after her three young children but in fact an imbalance in her gut. It was slow progress but she now feels all those wonderful things like clarity and vitality. 

When her third child was born prematurely by emergency caesarean and developed Necrotising Enterocolitis (NEC), her daughter was in the NICU for a month and received necessary yet strong intravenous antibiotics. Knowing her daughter had missed out on the beneficial bacteria children born through the birth canal receive, and compounded by the antibiotics required to treat NEC, Victoria agreed wholeheartedly with her Paediatrician’s advice. Beneficial bacteria were administered to minimise the damage to her baby’s precious microbial colonisation. Her daughter is now in school and has never required antibiotics for any of the infections that typically plague children. Victoria has her daughter on a plant-centric diet which includes fermented food and a daily dose of Akesi Child Probiotic+ Elderberry Boost.

During Victoria’s journey to wellness, it felt a natural progression to research and subsequently produce her own bio-fermented and probiotic product line and so, Akesi Probiotic+ Powders and Bio-Fermented Tonics were born. These days, after being woken by her children, she starts her day with warm lemon and ACV water and a shot of Akesi Bio-Fermented Turmeric with Ginger and Black Pepper Tonic followed by her green smoothie, and an action-packed day ahead.

Elizabeth and Victoria first met in Singapore in 2011 during those demanding yet rewarding days of newborns and toddlers. They shared stories of health woes and together with their complimentary views realised there was a better way to improve the health of themselves and their families. Elizabeth and Victoria collaborated using available evidence emerging from scientific research, they decided that together they would create the Akesi product line to help people make dietary and lifestyle changes for the health of the gut, and in turn the health of the body.

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