What if the bugs in your gut determine your weight and mental state?
Evidence shows that nourishing your gut with beneficial bacteria is extremely important for weight management and good brain function, psychological well-being and mood control.
It may sound odd that bacteria in your gut could impact our emotions but that is exactly what the research shows.
You have two brains: one in your skull and one in your gut (the enteric nervous system) and each needs nourishment. In fact, your gut produces 400x more serotonin and 500x more melatonin than your brain does. Your gut and brain actually work together, which is why your intestinal health has a profound influence on your mental health and why what you eat really matters!
Specifically, the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus has a marked effect on GABA levels in the brain and lowers the stress-induced hormone corticosterone, resulting in reduced anxiety and depression.
Nourishing your gut with beneficial bacteria is very important to mental health. Good mental health means that you make better decisions.
Nourishing your gut with beneficial bacteria is important to good digestion. Good digestion means that you get the nutrients you need to nourish your body and feel satisfied by the food you eat.
HOW TO GET A GOOD GUT:
1. Eliminate sugars and processed foods from your diet
2. Eat plenty of non-starchy vegetables
3. Replace processed vegetable and seed oils with eat healthy fats like coconut oil, olive oil and butter.
4. Eat fermented vegetables like kimchi and raw sauerkraut every day.
5. Take a high-quality probiotic on an empty stomach to populate your gut with good bacteria.
Take these 5 steps away from anxiety, depression and weight problems and enjoy the view from the other side! Side effects may include increased energy, sound sleep and improved relationships.