Do you have gut instincts? Do you get butterflies in your stomach? Have you ever had an upset stomach because your mind was stressed? Can a job interview cause you to have stomach cramps? These things happen because your nervous system and digestive system are intertwined. What we put inside of our bellies is directly related to our emotional health.
The gut, aka “inside our belly”, has been proven to be our “second brain” because it has a mind of its own. 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, we know they are linked to serotonin, but did you know that 80 to 90% of your serotonin is made in the gut? Yes, serotonin is produced in the gut!
Our digestive system consists of bacteria and we need that bacteria to have a healthy balance or the rest of us will not be balanced including our mood. Our gut and brain work together, so if one is out of balance the other will be also. There are many scientific studies that have linked mood problems to gut problems and vice versa.
Some symptoms of an unhealthy gut include gas, bloating, nausea, sugar cravings, skin problems, yeast overgrowth, allergies, depression, mood swings, and many more.
How can we support a health mind? One way is by having balanced healthy bacteria in our gut. Your intestines should contain 80% beneficial bacteria to 20% neutral and pathogenic bacteria. However, this is not the case for many people due to the use of medication (especially antibiotics) and the foods we eat. Having the proper ratio of healthy intestinal bacteria is vital to our overall health.
One of the best ways to make sure 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 probiotic rich foods are fermented or cultured veggies and beverages like water, coconut and milk kefirs, kombucha, yogurt, and raw vinegars.
Keeping a healthy gut in check will help you to digest food properly, absorb vital nutrients, support a healthy mind and keep your mood stable.
Healthy Gut = Healthy Mind and Body
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