THE GUT-BRAIN CONNECTION
We all feel sad, grumpy, or down at times. These feelings are often circumstantial based on what is happening in our lives. But what about those times where you feel depressed or sad for no clear reason?
GUT BRAIN AXIS
You have likely heard that hormones, poor sleep, and sugar can affect moods, but did you know that your gut health also influences your moods? Think about it, when we feel excited or worried, we feel it in our gut, right? Because of the gut-brain axis, your emotional state and stress levels will affect your digestion. In the same way, an imbalanced gut will affect your moods.
YOUR BRAIN AND GUT COMMUNICATE
Our brains are connected to the gut by an extensive network of neurons, hormones, and chemicals. This connection helps relay essential information on everything from how hungry we are to how healthy we are.
THE GUT MICROBIOTA
This is all linked to the health of your gut microbiome. The gut microbiome refers to the bacteria, both good and bad, living in the gastrointestinal system. These microbes have a powerful effect on your overall health – including your brain. Studies show that even more severe psychological conditions such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are linked to gut heath.