Your Moods, Are They Regulated In Your Gut?

Hi!! 

It's me again with some surprising news! 

With the autumn season upon us and winter hanging out around the corner many of us will experience a change in mood...and maybe not for the better. 

Some of this is directly related to SAD, seasonal affective disorder, but...some of it could be because we've been eating more sugary foods throughout the summer with cookouts and seasonal fruits in abundance not realizing how these foods throw off the microbiome of our digestive system. 

Said another way, eating too much sugar causes an imbalance of the bacteria in the gut. With more 'bad' yeast and bacteria it's harder for your digestive system to digest food properly. OH...and antibiotics kill the good bacteria along with the bad bacteria that cause illnesses...

With school back in session, you've probably noticed an uptake of colds, the flu, and other illnesses. When the doctor prescribes an antibiotic to battle the infection these viruses can cause I wish they would also let you know to get started on a  GOOD probiotic to replenish the good bacteria that are killed off by those meds. 

Anyway...what does all of this have to do with the mood modulator known as Serotonin? 

Well, as I mentioned above when the digestive system is off this affects your moods. If you're like most other people right now you are most likely scratching your heads. Wondering how gut health has anything to do with serotonin which is a brain chemical. Here's the surprising part!

Recent discoveries have revealed that some of the body's serotonin is made in the digestive system and is believed to help with moods, gastrointestinal motility, and blood platelet function.

...serotonin, a "happy mood" neurotransmitter. Your gut’s microbiome produces more serotonin than your brain, and about 95 percent of serotonin receptors are found in the gut itself. Along with about 30 other neurotransmitters, you can begin to see how your gut becomes central to feeling happy...

There is something in our body's called the brain-gut axis, serotonin is the chemical that allows this communication between the brain and gut. If the balance is out of whack in the digestive system from eating too much sugar and or taking medications it can change how the body reacts to stress and it slows down digestion which causes poor nutrition and a build-up of waste. A build-up of waste translates into too many toxins (which causes inflammation) and not enough good nutrition. Which in turn causes you to not feel good...and so on.

(The above is a very simplified explanation of the brain-gut axis and how serotonin affects moods)

Toxic buildup can lead to depressed emotions and a weakened immune system  

Ohh...and one more thing that I'll write about at a later date. This brain-gut axis works both directions. Meaning what we think affects how our gut works too.

This is why when you are wanting to get healthy you need to look at your whole being, Mind, Body, and Spirit. And that is why I developed the 5 Pillars of Health using the acronym P-R-A-N-A. These courses give you tools so your whole being can heal and stay healthy through

P- Positive Thoughts

R- Rest

A- Alignment

N- Nutrition

A- Action

If you're interested in any of these courses check out my website at FreshLifeConnection.com

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Below are reference links to the studies I wrote about.

Feeling Meh? This Is How Your Gut Affects Your Mood (Plus, Exactly How To Fix It)

2016 Harvard Probiotics Symposium_DAY 2 

Know your serotonin: An interview with gut-brain axis researcher Elaine Hsiao

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