Your Food and Mood are Directly Linked!
Your Gut, which is your intestinal tract, starts at the mouth and ends in the anus. It 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! Yes, that is right.
What we put inside of our bellies is directly related to our emotional health. Our brain and gut are connected by the Vagus Nerve, which controls the “bi-directional signaling” between the two. If our gut is upset, our mental capabilities will be upset, as well. 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. Our gut consists of 100 trillion bacteria, lining our gut. We need this bacteria to protect us. Their job is to keep the “bad stuff” out! When most people hear the word “bacteria”, they think negative and “I must need an anti-biotic”. This is not the case. Bacteria are our friends. We just need to make sure we have a healthy balance.
So what is the healthy balance? The gut balanced with 85% good bacteria and 15% bad bacteria 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 fermented or cultured foods and beverages.