Today I want to dive into the Pursuit of Happiness, your gut instinct and how the two may have something to do with your gut.
While many think of your brain as the organ in charge of your emotions & mental health, in a very real sense you have two brains, one inside your skull and one in your gut! Your gut may actually play a far more significant role in your happiness than you think.
The big picture many of us understand is one of a microbial world that we just happen to be living in. Our actions interfere with these microbes, and they in turn respond having more effects to our individual health as well as the entire environment.
Antibiotics, herbicides, vaccines, and pesticides, and the tens of thousands of synthetic chemicals we've created all have impacts and result in reactions from these microbes.
Mounting research indicates that problems in your gut can directly impact your mental health, leading to issues like anxiety and depression.
The gut-brain connection is well-recognized as a basic tenet of physiology and medicine, so this isn't all that surprising, even though it's often overlooked. There's also a wealth of evidence showing intestinal involvement in a variety of neurological diseases.
With this in mind, it should also be crystal clear that nourishing your gut flora is extremely important. So “Are Probiotics the New Prozac?”
Let’s talk a closer look…
Although serotonin is well known as a brain neurotransmitter, connected to emotions, well-being and happiness, it is estimated that 90 percent of the body's serotonin is made in the digestive tract. In fact, altered levels of this peripheral serotonin have been linked to diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis.
Check in with your health and happiness. If you struggle with depression, anxiety or just aren't as happy as you wish you were...it's time to start paying attention to your gut! The best ways to start to strengthen your gut are...
1. Take a high-quality probiotic! It is the best supplement you can take.
2. Stay clear of inflammatory foods like dairy, meat, gluten, wheat and your processed foods.
I promise when you start to pay attention and make necessary changes in your gut, your whole outlook on life will too! Here's to your health & happiness
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