Your gut, aka “inside your belly”, has been proven to be your bodies “second brain”. For years, the medical world has been trying to figure out what causes our moods to change and what causes common problems that most of us face like stress, anxiety, and even depression. These are common problems, and we know they are linked to serotonin, but did you know that 95% of serotonin isn’t even produced in the brain? Serotonin is actually produced in the gut.
What we put inside of our bellies is directly related to our emotional health. Our gut consists of bacteria and we need that bacteria to have a healthy balance or the rest of us will not be balanced including our mood. Your gut and your brain work together, so if one is out of balance the other will be also. Have you ever had an upset stomach because your mind was stressed? Well, think about it, if it works one way it works both ways. Their have been many scientific studies that have linked mood problems to gut problems and vice versa.
Is your gut balanced with 85% good bacteria and 15% bad bacteria? That is the recipe for a healthy gut and a healthy mood. The best way to make sure your body has healthy bacteria for your gut is to feed your gut healthy bacteria. Some symptoms of an unhealthy gut include gas, bloating, nausea, sugar cravings, and more. The best way to make sure that your gut is getting the healthy nourishment it needs is through probiotics. Probiotics can be in pill form, or you can get them right through your diet. I like this particular pro-biotic because of its unique double-layer capsule; which releases the live cultures all the way to your colon..not just stomach. Other excellent sources of probiotics include kefir and fermented or cultured foods and bes.
Keeping a healthy gut in check will help you to digest food properly, absorb vital nutrients, and maintain a healthy state of mind aka your mood.
Here is a quick recipe that will help nourish your gut:
MISO SOUP WITH SEA VEGETABLES
- 5 cups water
- 1 strip kombu, hijiki or other sea vegetable (available at natural food stores and Japanese groceries)
- 1 cup Swiss chard, kale, or other greens, chopped
- ½ cup sliced carrots
- 5 teaspoons miso of your choice
Rinse the sea vegetables. Rinse the sea vegetables in cold water for 10 minutes (if using arame, do not soak). Wipe with a towel to remove excess sodium. Fill a pot with water. Cut the sea vegetable into small strips and add to the pot. Bring the water to a boil. Add the carrots, cover and turn the heat to medium-low. Simmer for about 10 minutes.
Mix in the miso. Remove a few tablespoons of broth from the pot to mix with the miso in a separate container to form a puree. Place the miso puree in the soup pot and simmer for 2 or 3 minutes (miso should not be boiled because it will kill the beneficial bacteria!). Add the greens and simmer for 2 more minutes.
If you are interested in learning more about cleaning out the gunk and really nourishing your gut – your immune system – head over to my Programs and check out a quick 7 Day Seasonal Cleanse or 14 Day Clean Eating Method which give you a longer program to help you identify what is causing bloating*GAS*fatigue. For those ready to embrace a longer program and learn how to quickly offer Meal Planning for the entire family – visit the 28 Day New You Program.
Again, reach out to me directly if you’d like a customized program. I offer a shake – supplement – whole foods program too. All PLANT based. 🙂
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