Your gut, aka “inside your belly”, has been proven to be your bodies literal “second brain”.
For years, the medical world has been trying to figure out what causes our moods to change and what causes common problems that most of us face like stress, anxiety, and even depression. These are sadly very common problems, and we know that serotonin plays a huge role in these moods, but did you know that 95% of serotonin isn’t even produced in the brain?
Serotonin is actually produced in the gut.
And not even just as simple as that. It needs the right combination of gut health microbes for conversions to be complete with carbohydrates and L-Tryptophan. Without this unique conversion into the right amounts of serotonin it will cause ongoing mood change leading into mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety and sleep disorders and so on.
What we put inside of our bellies is directly related to our emotional health. Your gut and your brain work together, so if one is out of balance the other will be also. Have you ever had an upset stomach because your mind was stressed? Or suddenly felt like throwing up because you received some bad news?
Well, think about it, if it works one way it works both ways. There have been many scientific studies linking mood problems to gut problems and vice versa.
Is your gut balanced with 85% good bacteria and 15% bad bacteria? YES you need the bad guys to keep the balance. That is the recipe for a healthy gut and a healthy mood. The best way to make sure your body has healthy bacteria for your gut is to feed your gut healthy bacteria. Not just every now and then but consistently making healthy bacteria a part of your regular diet.
I take an organic probiotic liquid formula daily and mix it up regularly so my body doesn’t get used to the same strains AND I also include fermented and cultured foods and beverages like kefir and kombucha into my diet.
Some symptoms of an unhealthy gut include gas, bloating, nausea, sugar cravings, and more. Keeping a healthy gut in check will help you to digest food properly, absorb vital nutrients, and maintain a healthy state of mind aka your mood.
If you are struggling with symptoms that link back to gut health shoot me an email and I can direct you to the best place to start with Gut Health into your diet. Often you need to start off gently depending on just how upset the balance is within your gut lining.