It's World Mental Health Day!
For so long, struggles with mental health have come with a stigma attached to them.
I struggle with anxiety, social anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
I'm glad to see that many people have recognized they need support in the last few years and are reaching out to get it. I'm also glad that some of the stigmas are starting to fade. I do believe some still exist, and we have a long way to go in this area...but we're making progress.
There are many reasons someone can struggle with anxiety, depression, ADD, OCD, or other mental health concerns. Some of those reasons are genetic or situational. But for many cases, it's because of gut health.
Yes, your gut can create brain imbalances! And that's because about 95% of your serotonin is made in the GI tract, and about 50% of your dopamine is made in the GI tract.
Serotonin plays a role in gut motility, but also it's considered the happy hormone...because when we have a good amount of serotonin, we feel good, and things are all right!
But when serotonin production falls, we may have more anxiety and depression. If you're struggling with GI issues, you may have already noticed some changes in your mood as well.
Now, another level to the production of these hormones is protein. Yup! That macronutrient you get every day! If you're not eating enough protein, or if some GI disturbances stop the breakdown of proteins, that can also impair your hormone creation process. Some of those things are...
👉 Inflammation of the digestive tract 👉 Use of acid blockers like PPIs and H2 inhibitors
Just know that there's always hope if you're struggling with mood. Whether it's with the assistance of a therapist or a nutritionist (usually both are appropriate), we can get you feeling better!
In the comments, let me know if you've noticed a connection between gut health and mood. I know I do!