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What does your Gut have to do with your Mood?

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.

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What we put inside of our bellies is directly related to our emotional health. Our gut contains bacteria.  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 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.

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.

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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.

One of my favorite probiotic beverages is Kevita.  It’s a great fruity, fizzy drink that is great for you, your gut and your mood.  🙂  The awesome thing is that I keep seeing it in more and more stores like my local grocery store, Walmart and Target.

Kombucha has grown in popularity as well.  Keep in mind that it will contain caffeine as it is made from tea.

Other fermented foods to consider are sauerkraut (consider adding a small amount to a sandwich, burger or salad or as a topping for a burrito.  Just a small amount is great and you’ll barely notice the taste.  Kimchi is another one to try.  Essentially the Asian version of sauerkraut but oftentimes very spicy.  You might love it if you love spicy foods.  😉

Give some fermented foods & beverages a try!  What do you have to lose?

If you really want to work on your gut, consider a Refresh.

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