Your mood can be affected by a variety of factors, including thought patterns, chemical imbalances, and sleep quality. But what about your gut?
Research has shown that our gut literally functions as our second brain. Since 2013, the US National Institute of Mental Health has funded several studies to better understand how the gut microbiome (made up of bacteria, fungi, viruses) influences your thoughts and feelings.
It’s well known that stress can influence mood, and that may be partly due to the role stress plays in gut function. According to an article published in Harvard Health Publications, psycho social factors such as stress can directly influence your gut’s physiology, affecting the balance of bacteria and thereby impacting your immune system and mood. If you want the gut and brain working together in favor of more positive emotions (in addition to overall health), it’s vital that you keep your stress levels in check.
Thankfully, lifestyle changes can be made to help bring gut bacteria closer towards homeostasis, which will then influence your emotional health. Following these four tips may help restore your gut health:
1. Take a probiotic.
At Heal. in Altamonte Springs, we carry a specific probiotic gut-brain axis supplement line called Amare. Amare means “to love”. Amare has created the first award winning gut-brain axis system. The specific strains of probiotics in their supplements play a huge role in improving overall physical vigor as well as mental health! Click here to learn more about them. Most probiotics you receive off of the counter do not hold the required amount needed to target the gut in a way that helps to increase the good bacteria in the gut microbiome. With Amare, studies have shown that depression and anxiety symptoms significantly decrease within 30 days of consistently taking the Fundamentals Pack of probiotics and other Ayurvedic supplements paired together in a cohesive pack.
2. Eat Whole Foods
Whole foods provide us with the needed nutrients that our bodies best thrive off of. Nutrient dense foods are key in helping us to feel better not only physically but mentally and emotionally as well. The quote that states “eat the rainbow” is one to live by! The more colors in our diet, the better the variety of whole foods we are allowing our bodies to enjoy. Whole foods not only provide nourishment to the body, but they can also help maintain a healthy balance of bacteria in the gut. Try replacing processed foods with foods that benefit the gut, such as asparagus, broccoli, carrots and more.
3. Stress Less!
Stress plays a big role in gut health as it has the power to actually change the gut balance of bacteria. Reduce your body’s stress levels by practicing relaxation techniques such as gentle yoga for stress relief, relaxation massages, guided meditations, float therapy and more!
At Heal. in Altamonte Springs we are the only center in Central Florida that is a one stop shop for all that you may need to de-stress! Come check us out off of 436 for a quick tour or consultation to better reduce pain and stress in your life. We have everything that you could possibly need, all in one place!
4. Be mindful of sugar intake.
High consumption of sugar can also lead to an imbalance of gut bacteria, affecting your gut and immune system. Try to limit your intake of refined sugar and instead stick with natural sources of sugar found in organic fruits or raw organic honey.
And that’s all folks!
While there are many habits that can negatively impact your emotions and moods, there are many ways to positively impact your emotional and mental states as well. Take these healthy eating habits and steps that are well within your control to further increase your overall wellness and happiness.
Give us a call at 407-300-5364 for more information about Amare or to schedule a stress management consultation to compose a plan targeted towards your specific mood balancing needs.