The Link Between Your Gut and Happiness

The Link Between Your Gut and Happiness

We all know that what you put in your mouth has a huge influence on how you look, but did you know that what you eat also has a significant effect on how you feel?

Neither did I until I recently finished reading the amazing book "Primal Body, Primal Mind" by Nora T. Gedgaudas which provides a wealth of incredible nutritional information including the link between your gut and happiness.

All too often when feeling down we look for a problem in our personal life or just accept the feelings of malaise as a part of life. While there may be an element of truth in this unless you have covered all possible bases as to why you might be feeling crappy then maybe you should off before making big changes in your life. This means taking a look at what you are eating and its possible effect on your mood!

Serotonin is produced in the brain, right?

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter people assume is only present in the brain and responsible for proper mood function, anxiety prevention, and general feelings of well being! What a lot of people are not aware of is that ninety-five percent of all serotonin production takes place not in the brain but in the gut! In fact Gedgaudas in her book highlights the inextricable link between brain and gut with more neurons present in the gut than the brain by far.

Perhaps you are what you eat after all right? Put simply if you consume poor quality foods consistantly then it may be no surprise considering 95% of the "happiness chemical" is produced in your gut that your moods aren't great either! Improve what you are eating and watch your happiness, mood, and resiliance increase along with all of the usual expected benefits from including higher quality foods such as a better body, better health, and more energy to enjoy life!

I hope this article gives you the same motivation it gave and the next time you are struggling with issues with your mood or feelings of well being then take a look what you are eating before taking more drastic action! It could be all you need.