You often hear the phrase “trust your gut” – it is the source of your creativity, intuition. Your gut, aka, “inside your belly”, is actually now being referred to as 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 common problems that many adults and even children battle with are linked to serotonin. 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 state. The food we choose to nourish our bodies can raise our vibration or bring our energy down. Our gut consists of bacteria, good and bad. To paint a picture, imagine your body has a war going on and there is an army of “good” bacteria to protect you from foreign invaders and germs. You obviously want the good guys to outnumber the bad guys, 85% good bacteria and 15% bad bacteria. Striking a healthy balance with your bacteria is key and we all need bacteria to thrive! If our gut is out of balance, it’s a certainty that the mind and body will be too. Your gut and your brain are partners in making the wonderland that is Y-O-U a happy place to live. A perfect real-life example is the sick feeling you get in your stomach when you feel “stressed to the core.” 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.
Some symptoms of an unhealthy gut include gas, bloating, nausea, sugar cravings, and more.
So the magic question… Is your gut balanced? A healthy gut = A healthy mood. The best way to make sure your body has healthy bacteria for your gut is to feed your gut healthy bacteria. A simple 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 like Kombucha.
Keeping your gut in check will help you to digest food properly, absorb vital nutrients, and maintain a healthy state of mind.