Food for Mood

Everyone has had their moment when they find comfort in food. You go into it knowing that it's only going to make you feel worse after. And then all of a sudden it turns into a stare down with the bottom of the ice cream tub and instantly you regret giivng in.

I have studied the mind-body connection in depth and have found myself researching more in the science of how being nutritionally deprived can cause certain mood changes in the brain. The gut has a mind of its own, and with its confirmed existence, we call it the enteric nervous system; a third unconscious system in your body. This system is also known as the second brain because while it talks to the brain, it also has the ability to act independently and influence behavior. What's amazing is that the gut has about 95% of the serotonin in your body and the brain only has about 5%. Some researchers perceive serotonin to be an important chemical that is responsible for maintaining a healthy mood balance. On the other hand, an insufficient amount of serotonin can lead to depression. With 95% of the serotonin in your gut it is clear that food controls your mood.

Poor gut health can have more farther-reaching effects than just your gut. With poor gut health your thyroid will also have trouble functioning. There are plenty of other red flags like heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, bloating and indigestion. These are good indications that something is out of balance and creating some trouble. Although very common and problematic these side effects can be very easily fixed. With the right knowledge about proper food combination and bacterial flora you will be on your way to a healthier gut. Remember...a healthy gut makes a happy you.  ☺

Call Jenna Gill, Pure Health's Clinical Nutritionist at (732) 747-0083 for more knowledge on the enteric system and simple food combining techniques for gut solutions.