This month I want to share the importance of our gut health or gut microbiome (the community of bacteria in our digestive system) and what a huge role digestive health plays in hormone balance, as well as, emotional/mental health and wellness.
Do you know there are neurotransmitter receptors (also known as neuroreceptors) in our digestive system which send little messages to the brain? Maybe you didn’t know this but you have experienced the process. You may have said you’ve had a “gut reaction” which required no thought process, you just jumped into action or “butterflies in your stomach” when you were nervous or in love. Perhaps something was so upsetting to you, it made you feel nauseous. Those are “signals” to your brain via the neuroreceptors. When the gut’s bacteria are out of balance, the messages are not relayed as well and sometimes not at all. This imbalance can happen when a diet is high in refined sugar or if you have taken antibiotics or birth control for a long period. Stress plays a large role in gut bacteria imbalance, too.
One specific example of how the body is impacted by a poor or imbalanced digestive system is our serotonin levels. Serotonin is made in the brain, but is housed in the gut. Serotonin, which is called the “happy hormone”, is the most important neurotransmitter. A few indicators of serotonin deficiency can include; anxiety, depression, panic attacks, insomnia, obesity, eating disorders, negative thoughts, low self-esteem or obsessive thoughts and behaviors. These symptoms can be very difficult to experience or even witness your loved one struggle with daily.
We can improve our overall digestive health by improving our diet and exercising. Vitamins and supplements are beneficial to incorporate the essential vitamin and essential minerals into our diet as the Western diet is often lacking what our body needs to perform optimally. I have used diet, exercise, essential oils and supplements to naturally improve my digestive health and you can, too.
To read more specific information on how you can improve your digestive health naturally, click the link here à https://www.doterra.com/wellness-topics-digestion-healthy-gut.
If you or someone close to you struggles with any of the above-mentioned signs of digestive health imbalance, contact me to set up a FREE 15 or 30 minute consultation to see which products are right for you. I can be reached at 419/438-6124 (call or text), firstname.lastname@example.org or www.mydoterra.com/sos2wellness.
***This is not recommended to take place of your doctor's recommendations. Always discuss changes with your doctor before. ***