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Guts

Lets talk about your gut. I love your guts 🙂 I hope that you love your guts because it is your second brain. What exactly does that mean? Simply put, whatever we put into our bodies will affect our mood as well as our health.

Studies show that the following modern lifestyle directly contributes to unhealthy gut flora…

  • A diet that is high in refined carbohydrates, sugar, and processed foods
  • Chronic stress
  • Chronic infections
  • Some Grains
  • Conventional grain-fed dairy
  • Unhealthy oils
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Advil and Ibuprofen
  • Antibiotics
  • Pesticides

Scientists have already discovered that gut bacteria produce neurotransmitters. Unhealthy guts can cause…

  • Mental Health Issues
  • Poor Immune Health
  • Autoimmune Illnesses
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Skin Conditions
  • Trouble Maintaining a Healthy Weight
  • Constipation or Diarrhea
  • Acid Reflux

Serotonin is an important brain neurotransmitter that is relevant to depression, migraine, and other neuropsychiatric illnesses. It has been estimated that about 95% of serotonin is found in the GI tract. Credit for that statement goes to: Kim, Doe-young; Camilleri, Michael. The American Journal of Gastroenterology; Cambridge95.10 (Oct 2000): 2698-2709. See the document here.

You can do your own research on the research that’s been done. I’ve read plenty about the strong connection between what we put into our guts and how it affects our mental wellbeing.

I’ve done my own scientific experiment on myself. From all my research and suggestions from my Doctor, I have concluded that when I have a healthy gut, I don’t experience the anxiety and severe depression that I usually do when I don’t have such a healthy gut!

My inspiration for this article came from the mystery that surrounds my Grandmother. My family never knew why she was a little off (as they called it). I look back and see signs of mental illness that I think could have been improved with better gut flora.

I’m certainly not suggesting that all mental illness can be cured with better gut flora. I am merely asking why not try to improve upon the symptoms by improving the gut flora?

How do we improve our gut flora? Well, for starters we stay away from the modern lifestyle that was pointed out at the beginning of this article, consume more fermented foods or probiotics, detox from all your candida overgrowth, and start using food as our medicine instead of pills.

That’s my 2 cents and I hope you see the common sense in it all as I did when I first began my journey of wellness.

I’m grateful for finally making the brain/gut connection.

What will you do with this information? I hope you research and study it as much as I did to make that connection. Perhaps you don’t need to and will begin your healing sooner rather than later!

Thanks for listening.

 

 

 

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