Why your diet may be responsible for your bad mood
Wow, this week has gone by so fast because I've been so busy trying to get things done because I will be going to Denver this weekend! I'm meeting my mom and sister there to celebrate my birthday. I've never been there before, so am really looking forward to it, and it will be nice to get away for the weekend.
Have you ever been really nervous or stressed and felt sick to your stomach? I know I have. Well, there's good reason for that. 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 95% of serotonin isn’t even produced in the brain? Serotonin is actually produced in the gut.
What we put inside of our guts 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 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 your mind was stressed? 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. Some symptoms of an unhealthy gut include gas, bloating, nausea, sugar cravings, and more. The best 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. I love Kombucha. My favorite is Synergy’s Divine Grape.
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 suffering from digestive problems that make you uncomfortable and constantly in pain, and don't know what to do, or if you've tried things that haven't helped, and are ready to feel good again, I encourage you to sign up for a free 20 minute discovery session to see if i can help you. You can click here to sign up. I will also have a group program in November to help with bloating and other IBS symptoms.