Mood and Digestion
Posted on May 09, 2017 by Jenna Crookshanks
Approximately 20.9 million American adults, or about 9.5 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year, have a mood disorder. Anxiety, depression, and other disorders are extremely common in our population today. Statistics like these are on the rise and affect all ages. We are taught that mood disorders are an issue with the brain chemistry; however, our mental health and daily mood are actually directly linked to the health of our guts.
Things like depression and anxiety are statistically found alongside gastrointestinal inflammation and autoimmune diseases. Although not everyone experiences digestive issues and/or mood disorders together, the way our body develops shows there is without a doubt a link between the two. The gut is literally the second brain. During gestation, the gut and brain are created from the same type of tissue. As they develop, 95% of the neurotransmitter serotonin is actually made in the small intestine. If there is a gut flora imbalance, the production of serotonin is thrown off, resulting in changes in our mood. Serotonin also converts to melatonin in the body, so sleep issues can be directly related to gut health as well.
How does the gut get out of balance? Foods that we eat that promote inflammation, such as sugar or anything that is processed or turns to sugar, can greatly contribute to a gut imbalance. If you pay attention to your body, you will notice that if you overeat sugar or drink too much alcohol, you will often see a dip in your mood soon after. Years of a poor diet along with toxic overload in the body will contribute to chronic mood or gut issues.
Knowing this, where do you start? How do you change your diet or know if it’s truly your gut contributing to your mood? The good news is, your body is absolutely designed to heal when you give it what it needs. Meeting with a BioEnergetic practitioner or Certified Health Coach aids in accountability, education, and assistance in identifying the true root cause behind your mood and gut health. At NutritionWorks, we work to provide a personalized approach by addressing root causes of these symptoms, while educating and aiding in lifestyle changes.
Join us on Wednesday, May 17th at 6:30pm to learn more about your mood, gut health, and how your body is designed to heal when you give it what it needs. Call (563) 355-4864 to learn more.