the brain and gut connection

There is a direct link between your physical health and your mental well-being. Psychology combines with physical factors to create digestive and mental wellness. 80% of our immunity is in the gut, and 90% of our seratonin is made there. Seratonin is the happy, feel good hormone.

Nicknamed “the second brain”, a healthy gut is vital for general physical and mental health. A poor digestive system prevents the absorption of nutrients by the body. It also interferes with elimination of toxins and puts other organs in stress. IBS (irritable bowel syndrome and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) are common names for such conditions. The gastrointestinal system is a complex network of intestines and organs. Millions of neurons known as the enteric nervous system, line the gut. Your systems of illumination and bowel movements are important. They can be aided by a healthy diet, fiber rich foods, plenty of water, exercise, raw vegetables and fruit. Healthy gut flora, and the good bacteria support a healthy digestive system. Antibiotics, stress, sugar, and caffeine are some of the things that contribute to an in balance of healthy gut flora. Cultured and fermented foods have numerous benefits and the digestive enzymes needed for balance. These include yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, miso, kimchi, pickles and kombucha (a fermented fizzy tea, full of live cultures, enzymes and B vitamins).

Acidophilus in the intestines needs to be replenished, and a probiotic supplement can help. Re-establishing your digestive health through proper diet and supplementation is vital in achieving true health and balance.