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What does the gut have to do with your mood?

by Vivian Fleitstra on January 21, 2014

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Your gut, aka “inside your belly”, has been proven to be your bodies literal “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 probiotic. Probiotic can be in pill form, or you can get them right through your diet. Excellent sources of probiotic include kefir and fermented or cultured foods and beverages.

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.


If you are looking for ways to improve digestion, stop the bloating, have more energy and overall feel better.  I invite you to join me in February for my  11-Day Winter detox  program.  This program is designed to help you learn what foods to fuel your body.  The program removes gluten, dairy, sugar, processed foods, alcohol, caffeine, and grains are optional.   The first 2 days are a pre-detox phase so you ease into it, then its 7 days of actual detox, and then last 2-4 days ease you back out.  There are no supplements, pills or special drinks, its based off of whole foods.   All of my clients have success with this program.   This is a program that you can use throughout the rest of your life.  It allows you to bring your body back into balance.   This is especially useful if you have been alot of unhealthy choices and aren’t feeling well.  The biggest compliant I get from clients is I have no energy and don’t feel well.  I’d suggest start looking at your diet.  You’ve heard the saying, you are what you eat.   It’s true.  Let’s take a bag of pretzels for example and compare that to an apple.  They are the same amount of calories, 100 calories.  How many of you or your kids are eating those 100 calories bags as snacks and lunch?  The difference between the pretzels and the apple is how your body breaks it down and how your body and cells use the food.  The pretzels will turn to sugar which turns to fat, whereas the apple is metabolized and the nutrients are ingested and used within the cells.    So always try to opt for the fresh whole foods when given the chance as its going to fuel you.

Here’s the FAQ about the 11-day program.   

Thanks for reading. ~ Vivian

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