Gut health – one of our favourite topics and an emerging field of science.
Do you have a low mood, brain fog, or feel constantly bloated – All of these issues (plus many more) can be traced backed to one thing… your gut is off!
Your gut is this amazing ecosystem of gut flora that include trillions of microscopic organisms, bacteria, fungi, viruses, and yeasts
Most of these microbes live in your intestines and colon.
The quick fun facts about your microbiome:
- You have 10x the number microbes than human cells
- There are 100 trillion microbes
- The microbes weigh about 2-3 kg
- There are other microbiome sites throughout the human body – skin, mouth, and vagina to name a few
- Our bacteria help digest food, regulate our immune system, fight against bacteria that cause disease, and produce vitamin B12, thiamine and riboflavin, and K (needed for blood coagulation)
- Most of the weight of your poop is bacteria
Your gut garden is as unique as a snowflake, no microbiome is the same.
You’ll hear lots of people say “good” and “bad” bacteria, it’s not quite that simple. If you get rid of the “bad bacteria” then the even worse bacteria start to take over.
It’s more about a ratio between the “good and bad”, there’s no one single strain that will “fix” you. It’s the diversity of the ecosystem. A ratio that leans towards the “bad bacteria” will have you feeling like crap and take away from the quality of life.
You want a vibrant, luscious ecosystem of bacteria where the good work with the bad together in harmony.
Where do you get your gut microbiome?
Lots of research says that it’s pretty much set by the age of the 2-3 and we can only make little changes after that – without a lot of hard work.
Our first experience with bacteria is through the vaginal canal with birth. Children delivered via C-section have higher rates of allergies among a couple of other things. You also get your bacteria from breastfeeding, skin to skin contact, and playing in the dirt.
Your gut ecosystem is critical in setting the tone for your gut health for the rest of your life.
The gut microbiome is emerging as one of the hottest topics looked at by scientists for the connection to almost everything in the body.
A problematic gut leads to all kinds of diseases, serious and less serious.
These include depression, heart disease, diabetes, MS, asthma, autoimmune conditions, and even cancers. It’s hard to find a disease that isn’t related to the gut somehow.
You might have heard of magnesium before, it’s needed for over 300+ reactions in the body. It’s pretty important.
It seems that most of us seem to be deficient in this mineral. It’s depleted in the soil so it makes it hard to get it from our food if it’s not there.
A few magnesium deficiencies can contribute to anxiety, migraines, menstrual cramps, insomnia, muscle tension, constipation, constipation, and even heart disease.
Supplementation seems to be the fastest way to uptake your magnesium levels. There are several magnesium types, the best magnesium for this is magnesium glycinate or magnesium L Threonate. It’s generally very safe and well-tolerated but you may develop loose stool (just decrease the amount you take)
L-theanine is an amino acid found in green, black, and white teas, and is known for the calming effects it.
It is wonderful, safe, and effective for helping anxiety.
It not only gives you a sense of calm but also improves focus, attention, memory, and learning. It’s a great morning starter in the day
A compromised gut flora seems to be a player in most diseases and anxiety is no different.
A good probiotic either from a supplement or fermented foods should be part of an anti-anxiety program.
Replenishing your “good” gut bugs can allow you to synthesize the neurotransmitter “GABA”. GABA is the primary neurotransmitter that allows us to feel calm, relaxed, and sleepy.
A dysbiotic gut can contribute to anxiety and many other diseases and allowing your gut flora to thrive can be a huge boost to your mental health program and decrease your overall anxiety levels.
We prefer whole natural fermented foods like apple cider vinegar (technically a “pre-biotic”), sauerkraut, and kimchi to name a couple. You’ll be able to find those in the fridge sections and you’ll want to look for organic and unpasteurized.
Be specific if you’re going to choose a probiotic supplement, there is a lot of marketing tricks that can sell you on something that won’t help.
We’ve talked about natural digestive aids
Lemon balm is gentle, soothing, very calming, and can be effective for anxiety. It has very calming effects and can even help some people with sleep
You’ve probably seen or smelt lavender before, it’s a pretty well-known one.
It has great benefits when it comes to anxiety though.
It can temporarily alleviate anxiety while not having a sedative effect. Lavender aromatherapy can improve sleep quality, as well as reduce insomnia.
We like it as a spray mist or aromatherapy in a diffuser for quick ingestion.
We suggest that you use it not only when you’re having anxiety but when you’re feeling good. Using it while feeling good gives you a beneficial association and can help complement the lavender.
You will always want to check with your doctor before taking any health products ***
Our diet is the most powerful way to “starve” the bad bacteria and feed the good bacteria.
Each diet should be set to a specific person, so hiring a nutritionist that understands gut health is important.
Contact us today if you are ready to overcome your anxiety with a nutrition and lifestyle change!