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Why taking care of your gut health is so important
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You know an unbalanced gut can lead to uncomfortable gastrointestinal problems (hello, diarrhea and constipation!) … but did you know that your gut health affects you in other ways too?

… And not just in how confident you feel in your favourite pair of jeans either!

You see, your gut health is about much more than just your gut. In fact, experts liken your gut to your body’s “second brain”, a powerful protector of mental health and wellness when operating properly … but a significant contributor to negative mental health and wellness when imbalanced.

This second brain can contribute to:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mood
  • Memory
  • Immune system
  • ADHD

John Hopkins Medicine research has revealed that when the gut is inflamed, unbalanced or irritated, your body’s Central Nervous System can spark negative mood changes, as well as diminished cognitive functions. Further research has even linked digestive function with early Parkinson’s Disease.

But it doesn’t end there.

A Cell Journal Study discovered that 90% of our body’s serotonin is created in our digestive tract.

Serotonin, as you may know, contributes to feelings of happiness, but it does more than that. Serotonin also modulates and supports cognitive functions like thinking and learning, as well as memory and other physiological processes.

Which makes it vital for our holistic wellbeing.

In fact, without adequate supplies of serotonin, our risk of developing diseases like leaky gut, cardiovascular disease and irritable bowel syndrome is dramatically increased.

    So how can you tell if your gut health is taking a hit?

    I’ll be honest: The average diet doesn’t support a healthy gut. Sugary, processed, and fatty foods damage our gut bacteria and overload our digestive systems.

    What does that look like in the real world?

    (After all, we don’t all have access to microscopes to watch our gut bacteria in action!)

    Some signs that indicate your gut health could use some work include:

    • Bloating after meals
    • Reflux
    • Flatulence
    • Headaches
    • Fatigue
    • Joint pain

    But enough bad news …

    When your gut health is in tip top shape, your brain (and second brain) flourishes. Your gut microbes heal and protect your brain across the long-term, keeping you happy and healthy.

    And best of all, if your gut health isn’t the best right now, it can be fixed.

    Your gut is incredibly resilient.

    With just minor tweaks to your diet and lifestyle, positive results can be experienced in just a few weeks for more minor gut health issues.

    And while healing your gut is a journey, it’s one you can embark on today. I’ve learned firsthand that reversing and repairing the damage done to your gut IS possible.

    So …

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      Until next time, get out there & enjoy the little things in life.
      Remember to love your guts like I love your guts!

      Marina | Cider Tonic