Lets talk about the gut, baby.
Updated: Sep 14, 2019
Ah, the all mighty gut! I’ll kick things off with the wild idea of ‘the health of your gut could be the root cause of many of your health problems’ - imagine that!
The gut microbiome is super complex and absolutely vital to our health. Think of the microbiome like a rainforest with the animals, bugs, trees, moss, spores and organisms all living in harmony together but if we come along and kill all the bugs and half of the trees and poison the water stream the rainforest will go into total disarray! Our microbiome is just the same! It’s an incredible world of bacteria (good and bad) that are constantly working on balancing the two and keeping the body healthy and thriving. Once we throw some stress, medications, the wrong foods or illness into the mix, this is when we start to see an altered microbiome and compromised gut health.
Developing research suggests that an imbalance of the good and bad bacteria in your gut could be wreaking havoc on your overall health as well as your mental health. Now, everybody who has suffered with anxiety will nod their head and agree with me that when anxiety takes hold it ABSOLUTELY affects how you feel in the tummy (upset tummy, bloated, diarrhea etc) but WHAT IF it was the other way around, and it was BECAUSE of your gut being in a state of dysbiosis that you felt anxious. Well, a lot of the time this is exactly the case and guess what? There are loads of things that you can do to help balance your microbiome and grow a healthy gut and then maybe even live life anxiety free – JACKPOT! Up to 90% of our feel-good chemical ‘serotonin’ is made IN THE DIGESTIVE TRACT so … you’re going to feel kinda shitty if your gut can’t support the production of this important neurotransmitter.
Dysbiosis in the gut has also been linked to a variety of bowel diseases, obesity, heart disease, asthma and allergies, diabetes and the list goes on. So, start taking a closer look at the link between what you eat, how you eat, when you eat and your digestion habits and bowel movements and see what you can find. You might notice you feel more uncomfortable after eating certain foods, you feel really bloated at certain times of the day, or you might not be going to the toilet more then twice a week. All of these details are so important in keeping track of what is happening in the digestion process and you could find an underlying link to many other health issues that you might be experiencing.
So now you want to know what you can do to balance your good and bad bacteria or ‘weed and feed’ your gut microbiome don’t you?
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