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8 ways your gut changes your mood

If you’re feeling low or anxious, it could be your gut that’s causing it.

Sounds far fetched, doesn’t it? But your gut is connected to your brain in ways you couldn’t imagine.

For example, did you know 80% of the “feel good” chemical serotonin is made in your intestine?

Well, if your gut’s damaged by bad foods, bad bugs and toxins, you may not make enough serotonin, leading to changes in your mood.

There are at least a dozen ways in which poor gut function can cause changes in your mood, and I’ve seen many cases where depression, anxiety and irritability were completely knocked on the head just by fixing gut function in my clients.

Let me explain some of the ways in which your gut can affect your mood, over and above serotonin production:

First, poor gut function can stop you absorbing key mood-enhancing chemicals such as magnesium and vitamin B12.If you don’t have enough stomach acid and digestive enzymes, you’re at risk.

Second, poor gut function can stop you absorbing key energy-enhancing chemicals such as amino acids, B vitamins, carnitine and coenzyme-Q10. If energy production in your body declines, so does your mood.

Anything that damages your gut, like parasites, fungi and bacteria can lead to poor nutrient absorption, and so can bad foods such as gluten.

Third, gluten can cause depression in some people. Gluten damages the gut initially, but in many it leads to problems in the brain and nervous system.

Fourth, toxins from bad bugs such as fungi and parasites can leak into your blood stream and disrupt hormone and nerve function, which can create all manner of symptoms, including mood disturbance.

Fifth, the friendly bacteria in your gut have recently been shown to influence your emotions. These “good bugs” can become depleted or imbalanced by antibiotics,  bad bugs, toxins, poor diet and stress and thus may affect your mood.

Sixth, gluten, toxins and bad bugs can cause inflammation in the gut. Inflammation on its own has been shown in research to cause mood changes such as depression and anxiety. In studies where people were given chemicals to induce inflammation, common digestive complaints, fatigue, depression and anxiety quickly developed.

Seventh, inflammation in the gut causes changes in hormone levels. The body makes more stress hormones, and fewer thyroid and sex hormones. These imbalances are bound to affect mood, among other important body functions.

Eighth, some bad bugs release chemicals that directly affect glands and organs. For example, the bacterium Yersinia can cause a reaction that damages your thyroid gland. A major symptom of overactive thyroid is anxiety. A major symptom of underactive thyroid is depression.

I cold go on, but I think you get the picture.

Even if you don’t have digestive symptoms, getting your gut checked out is important, should you have low moods, agitation and irritability.

Mood changes can occur without obvious digestive symptoms that point to the gut.

For example, gluten-intolerant people can have a raging inferno in their intestine, but feel no symptoms except fatigue and depression.

If you struggle with your mood, get your gut checked out using a comprehensive stool test.

It’s quick, easy, you do it at home and we give your money back if we don’t find the culprits for your symptoms.

Best

Dave