What does the gut have to do with your mood?
Your gut, #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 all of us face like stress, anxiety, and even depression. These are common problems, and we know they are linked to serotonin, but did you know that 95% of serotonin isn't even produced in the brain? Serotonin is actually produced in the gut and transported to the brain.
Therefore, what we put in of our bellies is directly related to our emotional health. Our gut consists of billions of bacteria (our microbiome) and we need that bacteria to have a healthy balance or the rest of us will not be balanced including our mood. 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 you were anxious? Well, think about it, if it works one way then it should work both ways. Right? There have been many scientific studies that have linked mood problems to gut problems and vice versa.
Do you think your gut is balanced? Turns out a balanced gut according to the experts is comprised of 85% good bacteria and 15% bad bacteria. That is the recipe for a healthy gut and a healthy mood. The best way to make sure your body has healthy bacterial balance is to feed your gut healthy bacteria and try not to kill off the good stuff. Some symptoms of an unhealthy gut include gas, bloating, nausea, sugar cravings, constipation, diarrhea, and more. A great way to make sure that your gut is getting the healthy nourishment it needs is through probiotics. Probiotics can be in pill form, or you can get them right through your diet. Excellent sources of probiotics include kefir and fermented or cultured foods and beverages.
Keeping a healthy gut will help you digest food properly, absorb vital nutrients, and maintain a healthy state of mind.
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