What have you eaten today? Does it have an effect on your mood? Recent studies suggest that there’s a strong link between gut health and anxiety.
Just last year, a study published in the leading biomedical journal The BMJ explored the possibility that an unregulated git microbiome may lead to the alleviation of anxiety symptoms.
Of course, while the intricate details of the matter are still discussed, more than half of the analyzed studies showed a notable positive effect.
This brings into perspective the idea that being irritated and being hungry are correlated.
It’s a funny quote. You’ve heard it in commercials of a highly branded dessert product and you’ve probably seen it as a punchline in sitcoms.
But, the science is in.
You are what you eat!
The irritation of stomach pains is not the ONLY reason you might be feeling more anxious than usual.
In fact, another study from Wiley Periodials, Inc. found that the gut microbiome plays a significant role in stress response, inflammation, depression and anxiety.
It found a correlation between the gut and proper brain function.
Ever felt “butterflies” in your stomach?
While it’s not exactly the same thing, the study showed that stress-induced inflammation harms your brain function.
At its core, everyday stress can have a negative effect on your gut microbiome. However, an unhealthy gut microbiome facilitates the stress, anxiety, and depression, harming the normal function of your brain. This ultimately affects your mental health.
Of course, what’s more surprising is that it works the other way around too. The study found that probiotic and prebiotic treatments have shown to be beneficial in the alleviation of the symptoms related to anxiety, depression, improving your overall mental health and state.
The Intuitive Feel
When reading these studies, I can’t help but feel that this is something I already know.
Have you ever had those days where you just don’t feel right?
Prior to switching to a healthy gut diet, I’ve often found myself anxious, angry or depressed seemingly without any reason.
On my path to the right eating habits, I would notice myself feeling rejuvenated and happier.
And you’ve probably had a similar experience.
Well, the science backs it up.
Regulating the microbiome in your gut can help you deal with depression and anxiety.
Across the board, researches have found that there is a surprising positive correlation between eating right and your mental health.
Of course, this area of study is currently developing. Despite knowing that the thousands of bacterias living in our gut have a direct impact on our desires for the type of food we eat, scientists are just now figuring out the array of other existing correlations between our gut health and mental state.
I can’t help, but feel like a pioneer! My intuition was right!
My body was telling me I should stop eating junk food and should start eating right, but I just wasn’t listening!
It turns out that I might have avoided hours of stress, anxiety and depressive states if I just listened to my body earlier.
I hope you don’t make the same mistake.
Of course, with media bombarding you about what TO eat and what NOT TO eat, it can be daunting and confusing.
What to Eat and What to Avoid for a Healthy Gut
Over the course of this blog, and on Pinterest, I will try and share my journey as much as possible. (without wasting your time)
However, as I’ve shared in my last blog on the Foods that are Bad for your Gut health, going a year strong with a healthy gut, I’m feeling better than ever.
Make sure to check it out, if you already haven’t, and I urge you to start taking care of your gut.
It will take about a week or two to notice the surprising effects, but it will be a worthwhile journey.
Your Gut Health and Anxiety are Linked … We just don’t know how!
Of course, much like with a lot of other body and mind related issues, the EXACT details of it are messy, to say the least.
There isn’t a magic pill that will heal your gut and remove your anxiety.
Most scientific journals suggest you follow the basics. Ensure that you are actively eating foods that benefit your gut microbiome and take probiotics that are proven to have a positive effect.