You are what you eat...
The health of our gastrointestinal system is so very important to our overall wellbeing. I feel tired, irritable and not motivated when I am a little off with my digestion. The beneficial bacteria in our gut have the capability of affecting our body's vitamin and mineral absorbency, hormone regulation, ability to eliminate toxins, digestion, and also our overall mental health.
New medical research now indicates how strong the brain and gut health connection can be within the body.
When the imbalance between the good and bad bacteria increases, the natural balance of the micro biome gets disrupted leading to systemic inflammation, fatigue, diarrhea, bloating, depression, autoimmune and neuromuscular diseases. There are a host of different factors that could contribute to this disruption like eating a diet filled with processed foods, prolonged use of antibiotics, not getting enough dietary fiber, using artificial sweeteners and an overtly stressful life. A lot of people have a compromised gut in todays times !
Scientists have discovered in the past several decades on the direct communication between the gastrointestinal tract and the brain. The gut bacteria are found to very significantly influence the communication between the brain and the gut. The vagus nerve which runs between the brain and gut sends signals to the brain. So, when the gut has ample of the good bacteria, it has the potential to regulate good mood and positive feelings. Beneficial bacteria in the gut have found to increase gaba receptors in the brain, creating a calming, relaxation response thereby having the potential in helping alleviate mood disorders, anxiety, depression.
Look for my next blog 'Get your gut health back on track'. Here, I will share some ways you can improve your gut health and your overall well being .