What does the gut have to do with your mood?

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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.

Gut health, digestive health
Gut health, digestive health

What we put inside of our bellies is directly related to our emotional health.

Our gut consists of bacteria and 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 also. 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.

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.

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Kelly St Claire is a Certified Holistic Wellness Practitioner, Certified Crystal Healer, Energy Body Expert, Health Nut and Intuitive Goddess.

She supports you in nutritional wellness, and also helps you get to the heart of the energetic and mindset reasons behind the habits that hold you back.

She loves turning people onto the effective “back end” approach to health along with effective nutritional solutions so you can turn on the body’s natural healing energies.

She is a Holistic Wellness Practitioner through the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA,) Certified Crystal Healer, Herbalist and Reiki Master for over 20 years. She has practiced the Intuitive Arts and has given rockin’ readings for over 10 years and is an avid student of Nature.

She lives in Richmond Va. with her teen daughter, 21 year old son, cuddly pitbull and magical black cat.

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