FEELING MOODY? IT MIGHT BE YOUR GUT

Happy humpday! How has your week been? So I have been really looking forward to blogging more and more these days.

Today I wanted to chat to you about the Almighty Gut. I will be talking to you more about it in different con texts, but today we’re focusing on how the health of your Gut affects your mood. I feel like I have had a ton of experience in my own health journey with my gut, and I have gone from having a myriad of problems with my tummy, to finally feeling like I have it under control (most of the time).

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. 
SHOCKER!

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.

One thing I have found really helpful is practicing good food combining.

TIPS FOR GOOD FOOD COMBINING 

Fruit

Fruit digests itself, passing through the digestive system within 20 minutes. By eating fruit alone, you avoid fermentation occurring in the belly. Fermentation can lead to gas, rob you of energy and slow down your digestion.

Eat starches with vegetables

Foods such as baked potatoes, sweet potatoes or sweet corn should be eaten alone, with a vegetable or with a small amount of fat. It is advised to eat starches {carbohydrates}, such as quinoa, buckwheat, brown rice, millet or amaranth only with vegetables as starches require different digestive enzymes than proteins.

Protein with vegetables

Unlike starches, proteins require an acidic environment for ideal digestion, so it is best to eat protein with vegetables and a healthy fat. When you add a starch, you force your body’s natural enzymes to compete to digest your food.

I have an amazing free gift for you all about gut health. “That Gut Feeling-Banish the bloat naturally and learn to love your belly again” E book is perfect if you get tummy troubles like bloating, gas and constipation. It also has some more information and seriously amazing recipes for cultured foods that help to build up the necessary and healthy bacteria in your gut on the daily.

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I hope you guys start to take care of your gut health more. It is vital to overall health of the body and mind.

Much love.

Stay Happy and Healthy!

Alessia xx

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