Fast forward to now and I am no longer in need of medication to balance my moods. You may be asking what does this have to do with my gut? Your gut, aka "inside your belly", has been proven to be your body's 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 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 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 (ask me about my favorite brand that you can trust), or you can get them right through your diet. Excellent sources of probiotics include kefir and fermented or cultured foods and beverages.
There were many steps along the way on this journey to optimal health, but I can tell you that changing the type of food you eat and the way you eat it, will be the most important and most effective part of the journey, it was for me. 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.
I encourage you to make small changes that will make a big impact. If you want support, please be sure to contact me. Changing my diet absolutely improved my life! I could never have made the type of impact that I do now, I couldn't raise happy and healthy children if I was unhappy and unhealthy, I couldn't serve my clients in integrity and trust if I myself wasn't walking the talk that I teach. Please, I encourage you if you are stuck, free yourself by setting up some time with me one-on-one, or join our group program starting in October!
Let's get healthy together, we have one body, one mind and time is going by quickly. Join us this Fall and starts your journey to optimal health.
Blessings in Health and Happiness,