Most of us know the benefits of taking probiotics for gut function, but it’s not as well known that beneficial bacteria can help alleviate anxiety and depression.

MANAGING YOUR MOOD THROUGH YOUR GUT

One of the main reasons I highly recommend probiotics to anybody and everybody out there is that we live in a fast paced world, causing us all to be stressed to a certain degree. This stress impacts our cortisol levels, which in turn can affect our level of anxiety and depression. Cortisol is a stress hormone that has a normal function in the body. However, when it gets out of hand, it creates inflammatory-cytokines. These tiny proteins cause irritation and inflammation in the body. Too many inflammatory-cytokines in the gut can cause the the gut-lining to separate. The resulting molecules are then absorbed into the bloodstream. Our immune system is triggered to attack these foreign molecules from the gut and our body becomes a war zone. Often times these molecules can make there way to our muscles, joints and even our brain causing pain, discomfort and mood swings. Thankfully there are beneficial bacteria that can stop this from happening. These beneficial bacteria lower the amount of inflammatory-cytokines and work to produce anti-inflammatory cytokines, which actually work to keep the lining of the gut together.”>cortisol levels, which in turn can affect our level of anxiety and depression.

Cortisol is a stress hormone that has a normal function in the body. However, when it gets out of hand, it creates inflammatory-cytokines. These tiny proteins cause irritation and inflammation in the body. Too many inflammatory-cytokines in the gut can cause the the gut-lining to separate. The resulting molecules are then absorbed into the bloodstream. Our immune system is triggered to attack these foreign molecules from the gut and our body becomes a war zone. Often times these molecules can make there way to our muscles, joints and even our brain causing pain, discomfort and mood swings.

Thankfully there are beneficial bacteria that can stop this from happening. These beneficial bacteria lower the amount of inflammatory-cytokines and work to produce anti-inflammatory cytokines, which actually work to keep the lining of the gut together.

WHY PRO-BIOTICS MAY NOT WORK

There is a lot of controversy out there on whether probiotics have any effect on our body whatsoever. My big question is whether or not people are properly maintaining and feeding the beneficial bacteria.

Think of the beneficial bacteria in your gut as a garden. If you don’t provide enough water and proper food, then your bacteria may wither away and die! The more stress you have the more your good gut bug garden becomes out of balance with annoying non-beneficial bacteria aka “weeds” that cause gas, bloating and mood swings.

HOW TO FEED YOUR BACTERIA

Ironically much of the good and healthy foods we are told to eat are made up of fibrous materials that our cells cannot digest. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t eat it, quite to the contrary, this is where the beneficial bacteria come in!

Vegetables, legumes, beans, fruit and whole grains are all great sources of nutrition. Unfortunately, a lot of folks struggle to digest these healthy foods because they lack beneficial bacteria to do so. Once our small intestine finishes digesting what it can, it sends the rest on to the large intestine where beneficial bacteria take over. The large intestine beneficial bacteria consume the fiber rich vegetable material in a fermentation process that secretes neurochemicals that are beneficial to our body and mind.

Other foods that work well for our beneficial bacteria are fermented items like yogurt, pickles and sauerkraut.

Click here for 10 fermented foods that are good for gut health.

Foods rich in polyphenols are great for helping to control blood pressure, inflammation and cholesterol levels. Because they are not always digested by human cells, they are a welcome treat to your beneficial bacteria. Dark Chocolate, wine, green-tea, almonds, blueberries and broccoli are just a few of the foods that are a great source of polyphenols but really hard to digest without a healthy gut full of beneficial bacteria.

As with most health plans, drinking water is a huge factor! Make sure to stay hydrated. Drinking half your weight in ounces each day is a good goal.

HOW NOT TO FEED YOUR BACTERIA

“Franken-foods”, as I call them, are the processed food hybrids that line the shelves of most grocery stores. Sadly, they tend to line the walls of our intestines as well, causing irritation and inflammation.

While cheap and appealing, these foods are terrible for our gut health. It is best to eat foods that are as closest to nature as possible, organic, non-GMO foods, along with hormone and antibiotic animal meats.
Click here to see my dirty dozen list.

HEALTHY FOODS THAT CAN BE A PROBLEM

While beans and whole grains are very healthy, they have a tendency to cause irritation in the intestines. Two solutions to reduce lectins that cause intestinal irritation are to sprout your beans and grains or to pressure cook them!

For some people, nightshades such as tomatoes, peppers and potatoes can be inflammatory. If you think that your gut’s pretty inflamed try eliminating them from your diet for a month and slowly reintroduce them every 72 hours and see how you do.

HAPPY GUT HAPPY LIFE

The great thing about feeding your beneficial bacteria, is that you are eating food that you should already be eating. Not only will it increase the health of your gut, it will increase the health of your whole body. I have seen time and again in my patients, how changing the health of their gut has a profound impact on their psychological well being.

Click here to learn more about probiotics and how they can impact your life today!

Before you ask your question, we ask just one small favor....

Please join our community and provide your name and email address

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Like what your learning? Want to learn more?

Join our community and receive your FREE 8 Step Guide to Slow Down Aging

You have entered to win a 1 hour free consult! Please check your email and confirm your subscription to receive the link to your free 8 step guide to slow down aging!

Before you get your course, we ask one small favor

Please join our community and provide your name and email address

Thank you for joining our community!

Before you get your free resource, we ask one small favor

Please provide your name and email address

Thank you for joining the community! Please check your email and confirm your subscription to receive your link.

Join Our Community!

Join now and get started with my FREE 5 day energy e-course!

Thank you for joining the community! Check your email and confirm your subscription to start receiving the free 5 day energy course!

Subscribe and get my free 5 day energy boosting course

Please provide your name and email address

Thank you for joining our community!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This