Meet the Founder: Kate Elise Seiberlich of Üphoric Urth

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In her mid-20s, Kate Elise Seiberlich was perpetually exhausted, constantly sick, and frustrated. Western medicine offered little in the way of real solutions. Instead of taking harmful steroids or potentially having her spleen removed, Kate embarked on a personal wellness journey to find relief.

Eventually, she discovered the miracle of medicinal mushrooms, and they completely changed her life. Today, she’s on a quest to share her discovery with as many people as possible. Purely made with effective, high-quality strains, Üphoric Urth’s tinctures provide everyday people with concentrated — and convenient — mushroom power.

Recently, we caught up with Kate to learn more about her remarkable journey and hear her advice for fellow entrepreneurs.

01 Why did you start Üphoric Urth?

I desperately wanted to reclaim my health — holistically and on my terms. That inspired my healing journey. My body was the test tube. Mother Nature’s finest ingredients proved to be the antidote. After 18 months of seeing specialists, tinkering with superfoods, and experimenting with diets ranging from paleo to vegan, I felt healthier. But, I was still prone to illness. Then, I found medicinal mushrooms, and that changed everything.

With mushrooms, plus continued clean eating and exercise, I felt completely rejuvenated. I was healed, without pills or procedures. I fell in love with the fungi kingdom, though the experience wasn’t great. Carrying heavy jars of mushroom powder and searching for hot water to mix my concoctions was a pain.

Ultimately, that’s what inspired the birth of Üphoric Urth. We launched in 2020 with user-friendly tinctures of Reishi, Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps, Chaga, and Turkey Tail — my favorite healing mushrooms.

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02 What obstacles did you face along the way?

I was determined to use only the most potent and ethically-sourced ingredients available. Just the fruiting bodies of the mushroom — not the mycelium, which is often cut with grains or fillers. To achieve that goal, I partnered with a family-owned farm in Upstate New York that has been growing mushrooms organically for decades.

With their help, Üphoric Urth mushrooms are grown in a natural outdoor environment, which allows the mushrooms to reach a high level of potency with maximized bioactive medicinal compounds.

I’m proud to take the longer and harder road when it comes to quality, because it ultimately shines through in the efficacy of our products.

03 What lessons do you have for other entrepreneurs?

There’s a quote I love from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’’”

I fully subscribe to that. If the efforts of each individual were rooted in making the world safer, more equal, and more inspired, I believe there would be a lot less strife and a lot more satisfaction in our world.

We don’t have to be priests, politicians, or missionaries, but we should all strive to contribute a meaningful slice of our daily energy to the wellbeing of others.

So, I ask my fellow entrepreneurs: What are you doing for others? And can you do more?

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04 What’s on the horizon for Üphoric Urth?

We’re in the midst of a very exciting holistic wellness revival here in the West. Even before COVID-19, we saw the start of a medicinal mushroom revolution. Tinctures are just now starting to make their way to daily beverages, as consumers are learning more about herbal remedies and sustainable alternative medicine.

My goal for Üphoric Urth is to support our customers on their holistic wellness and biohacking journeys. Our “Urthlings” can expect more tinctures to come, plus the introduction of new mushrooms to help them on their journey to “YOU-phoria.”

05 How do you keep work/life balance? What drives/inspires you?

I’ve found that work/life balance is rooted in my daily self-care routines. It’s important to have a grounding routine that is both proactive and reactive – not just when you feel burnout creeping in. For me, yoga and daily medicinal mushrooms are vital for keeping my wellness baseline at an optimal level. If I ever miss a day in my routine, I ask myself, “What did I let get in the way of my health and happiness today? Will I let that thing get in the way of my priorities again tomorrow?” The answer is generally a hard no, so I make the necessary pivots to improve my daily balance.