If you regularly experience low mood, stress, or depression; it is time to pay attention to your gut. Gut infections, candida, and other causes of dysbiosis can have a significant effect on your mood.
Working to improve your gut health will have a positive effect on your mental health and moods. The best way to do this is by switching to a healthy diet. A balanced diet that features fruits, vegetables, fish, healthy fats, and pure water will keep your gut healthy.
KICK UP YOUR PROBIOTICS
You can kick up your probiotics by eating fermented foods or taking a probiotic supplement. There are not any established guidelines for how many probiotic foods to consume daily. It is suggested that you keep your probiotic intake under 20 billion CFUs daily.
Other ways to improve your gut health include reducing your stress levels through meditation, regular exercise and adapting a healthy sleeping pattern.
BOOST YOUR SEROTONIN
Serotonin is one of the body’s happy chemicals. It is responsible for good moods and good sleeping patterns. 90% of your serotonin receptors are in the gut. If your body is dealing with an overgrowth of bad bacteria due to poor gut health, it affects its ability to produce enough serotonin.
CORRECT UNDERLYING GUT ISSUES
Do not ignore the signs that your gut is in trouble. Constipation, hemorrhoids, heartburn, indigestion, and other GI disturbances may be common, but they are not healthy. These are signs of imbalance.
SEE YOUR DOCTOR
If you have signs of gut imbalance and think it is affecting your moods, see your doctor. Your doctor can run tests to check on your gut health. You can request microbiome testing, food sensitivity testing, and even a comprehensive stool panel to rule out dysbiosis, parasites, yeast, and other pathogens.