Today I wanted to chat about our moods! Have you ever had one of the stretch of days where you just feeling off? Little things irritate you, you feel down in the dumps, and the inner critic seems louder than usual? Well, aside from chalking it up to PMS, it is important to take a look at what you’ve been eating lately. What most people don’t know or realize is that the health of our digestive tract is directly correlated with our mood.
In other words, if you have been eating a lot of processed foods, eating foods that you are sensitive or allergic to, or taking antibiotics, you could be setting yourself up for a pretty rotten mood later. You see, our digestive tracts are filled with bacteria. You have good bacteria and bad bacteria in the gut. The good bacteria helps you thrive and feel amazing whereas the bad bacteria feeds on chemicals, and makes your mood sour, saps your energy and lowers your vitality.
Now you might still be reeling at my telling you that your mood is affected by your gut, but stay with me here. Whenever our bacteria gets out of balance and out of whack, it is super important to sap the bad bacteria of nutrition and feed the good bacteria.
How do you do that? By taking a high quality probiotic and focusing on whole foods for a little bit. Now I’m not telling you that you can never have another cookie again. I’m all for total food freedom over here but I will tell you that setting the cookies/chips/(insert processed or fast food here) down for a little bit will do wonders for your energy, mood and overall well-being. Life is all about balance and restoring our GI bacterial balance is the same! If you don’t currently take a probiotic supplement, I highly recommend it!
The benefits of good GI health extend beyond mood into many different areas of our physical health and well-being. So if you have been feeling a bit off lately, and your mood has been down the tubes. Try switching to more greens and fruits, avoiding gluten, dairy and some of those processed foods and take a good probiotic. Watch and see how things start to shift for you as balance is restored!
As always, the most important thing is to listen to your body and intuition! If something doesn’t feel right to you, then DON’T DO IT! If you are in recovery from an ED, I recommend setting the food suggestions aside for now and focus on getting yourself a good probiotic first and foremost. Only take my food suggestions when you are in a good place and the intention stems from a place of self-care, not restriction and weight loss. Most of all….Love your body and it will love you back!