What does the gut have to do with your mood?
Have you heard people saying that your mood and emotions are linked to your gut and now you’re wondering WTF? I get it! When I first decided that I was going to stop relying on medication alone to help me manage my anxious feelings, I started to explore natural and holistic ways to keep me on an even keel. I really was clueless back then about gut health and scoffed at the idea that your “gut” could have any impact on how you felt mentally or emotionally. I am an information junkie though and so down the rabbit hole I went seeking more info (just in case). Now, I can safely say (having tried it out for myself) that I should be eating those words from before…
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 common problems, and we know they are linked to serotonin, but did you know that 90% of serotonin isn't even produced in the brain? Serotonin is actually produced in the gut.
What we put inside of our bellies is directly related to our emotional health. Our gut consists of bacteria and we need that bacteria to have a healthy balance or the rest of us will not be balanced – and this includes our mood! Your gut and your brain work together, so if one is out of balance the other will be too. Have you ever been so stressed out that you ended up with an upset tummy (to the point where you are running for the toilet)? Well, think about it, if it works one way it works both ways. There have been many scientific studies that have linked mood problems to gut problems and vice versa.
Is your gut balanced with 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 bacteria for your gut is to feed your gut healthy bacteria. If we have a gut imbalance we can experience all kinds of crappy feelings including gas (yeah we all wanna be that person right?), bloating, nausea, sugar cravings, fatigue – the list goes on. The best way to make sure that your gut is getting the healthy nourishment it needs is through probiotics. Probiotics can be in capsule form (as in a supplement), or you can get them through your diet. Excellent sources of probiotics include kefir and fermented or cultured foods and drinks. Some of these include:
- Coconut Water Kefir
Keeping your gut in check will help you to digest food properly, absorb vital nutrients, and maintain a healthy mood. Happy belly, happy mind!
Tell me, do you have a favourite probiotic rich food that you love to eat? If you are looking for natural ways to improve your mood then give some probiotic rich foods a try and see how you feel xoxo
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