Its a real thing…
Think about when you get butterflies because you are nervous. Your brain is telling you that you are nervous and your gut is reacting.
Or when you get scared and your stomach drops..
Before we get into HOW we should be fixing/improving our gut health, it is important to understand WHY it is important. 90% of our serotonin receptors are located in the gut. For anyone who doesn’t know what serotonin is, it is our “happy hormone”
Therefore, what we eat can literally effect our mood! When we eat foods, it will either help or hurt our gut bacteria. Some of the most common side effects that people experience due to poor gut health are diseases (such as inflammatory bowel disease), asthma, obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and cognitive/mood problems.
SO how can we help all of this? I can give you the basics, diet and exercise but of course, what does the diet part actually mean…
Well there are a couple of key items that could REALLY be negatively affecting our gut health which include:
Things we can consider including into our diet:
-all colors of the rainbow
-Whole Foods (less juices, more plain fruits)
-Reduce plain sugar intake and/or pair with a protein and healthy fat
-Rotate your meat selection, seafood/pork/chicken/red meat
AFTER you fully feel that you have done everything with your diet and made sure you crossed all your T’s, only then should you consider a probiotic if you have not seen any improvement. A great probiotic is a spore based because it can better stay in tact through your stomach acid and be delivered to your gut and intestines!
Note: this should NOT be the only way to “treat” or “handle” mood problems/disorders. You should always seek medical advice or help when it comes to this BUT this is a tool that you can use to your advantage.