The link between your gut and your health
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. 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. We need that bacteria to have a healthy balance or the rest of us will not be balanced. 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, or anxious? 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.
There are specific painful and annoying symptoms that are our body can experience, if we are not taking taking of a good mind-gut balance and feel too stressed, depressive or anxious.
Common symptoms are:
- intensive stomach cramps, especially women during their period
- tinnitus – that can pop up any time for seconds or even several minutes
- eyelid twitching – that can pop up any time for seconds or even several minutes
- twitch leg
- shaky hands
- taping fingers
- biting nails
- pacing back and forth
- chest pain
- headaches or/and
- playing with your hair
If you have one or more of the above mentioned symptoms, think of a stress management plan. Because the more symptoms and longer you have those nervous behaviors the more going to damage your body and overall health.
It can lead to really serious chronicle health conditions.
If you are looking at the picture above, it’s really scarring how many people in the US are actually suffering from digestive issues, because of an unhealthy lifestyle. You can also see the different high numbers of people who are dying, has to be hospitalized, experience work-loss days or hurt burn, because of gut problems. But there is also a gut-brain connection, that means a poor diet, low fitness interest and a stressed or anxious mind have altogether a huge impact on our overall health.
What is a good healthy gut – healthy mood recipe?
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.
It’s ver also very helpful to know what kind of foods are in general good for my gut. You can test your stomach by examining specific foods from your diet, especially those foods where many people react allergic or sensitive to. But I recommend to get tested about your allergies, and sensitives to food. Then you have an actual and reliable report.
But it’s also very important to upgrade your mindset to have a lasting healthy and happy mood. A good way is to work on your limited beliefs, practice mindful breathing & meditation, but also improve your self-esteem, and self-confidence, so live more balanced and feel strong.
In the statistic below, you see common gut inflammation problems. They are significantly connected with irritable bowel syndrome with constipation, or chronic idiopathic constipations.
Benefits of a healthy gut
Keeping a healthy gut, will help you to digest food properly, absorb vital nutrients, and maintain a healthy state of mind aka your mood.
If you have a healthy mind and a healthy gut, your mood will be much better, you will feel fitter and you can manage better stress, depression and anxiety, because everything is connected. The human body is a very complex and smart system and we should take more care of it. Let’s treat our body in the best way and appreciate our life more in different ways.
It’s definitely worth it. It will upgrade your lifestyle and overall well-being.
Are you interested to learn more about our body and how to obtain overall health and well-being?
Then stay tuned for the next blog post, or contact me!