The Delicate Balance Of Thinking And Probiotics
What exactly is healthy thinking? Is it simply thinking healthy or is it understanding how to walk the fine line of good gut health and good thoughts?
Before we answer that, we should look at how probiotics serve as the foundation from which your brain grows efficiently and how that good bacteria can serve as a protector for your brain as well. Once you understand the relationship between your brain (mental health) and your gut microbiome, you can see how important they are to the other.
Gut Microbiota And Cortisol
Can an imbalanced digestive system increase cortisol levels to become chronic inflammation? What are the effects gut microbiota has on cortisol levels?
If you are wanting to be in the most optimal health, you must know the importance of giving your gut microbiota the tools it needs to combat the constant cortisol production in our bodies that the standard American diet and lifestyle produces. Ultimately, it needs to have the tools to reduce chronic inflammation.
Is Serotonin Involved In Digestion?
What are neurotransmitters and what do they do? They can help to regulate many functions of the body, but most can't name 4 specific neurotransmitters. This is unfortunate because a healthy gut can work together with neurotransmitters to produce happiness or naturally produce those happy feelings normally sought after through the taking of pharmaceutical drugs.
If the term psychobiotic is new to you, I encourage you to listen to several of my previous blogs or podcasts to get caught up. In a nutshell, I touched on how certain gut bacteria can help arrange neurotransmitters in our brain to be naturally produced.
How The Vagus Nerve Can Help Depression
Why is stimulating the vagus nerve a new component of better mental health? Is this why psychobiotics and the vagus nerve the new health frontier? It seems more treatments of brain disorders can begin in the gut.
In a previous podcast, I explained a new term and really, a “new” type of probiotics that many hadn't heard of before. That term being, “Psychobiotics”. Without going down a rabbit hole or creating a lengthy article, psychobiotics are what you might think of as probiotics, but they perform so much more than the normal gut bacteria we have.
Free Radical Production From Poor Digestion
What exactly are the causes of free radicals? Whether good or bad for us, it's important to find ways to reduce free radical production in our body.
If you were to Google what are some commonalities of many diseases like cancer, ADHD, autism, and other brain-related disorders like Parkinson's and depression, you'd find that oxidative stress is right up there and probably a bodily function that is found in the early stages of these diseases and disorders. So why don't we hear more about it?
Imbalances In The Gut And Insomnia
What is the relationship between gut health and sleep patterns? If so, are your sleep patterns affected by your gut and the health of your immune system?
More and more research is coming out showing a correlation between how healthy your gut is and how restful of sleep you get each night. So how does one affect the other?
What Happens To Depression If You Exercise Everyday?
Do you know how much exercise reduces stress hormones? More research is coming out that the best way to combat anxiety is with physical exercise.
In previous articles, I've addressed how being mindful or prayerful as well as simply being outside can significantly reduce the effects of anxiety and possible depression. Now it's time to look at the third non-meditative way to address it; that being good old-fashioned exercise and physical activity.
Sunlight Exposure And Depression
Does sunlight help with depression? Many enjoy being outside but does it have medical benefits? There is sunlight and depression research to be explored.
Understanding how our mental state can be negatively affected by many things is the first step in addressing depression and anxiety. But are there more natural approaches to addressing it other than medications, pills, or prescriptions? Although these are the default, there are several other methods that have been used for hundreds of centuries.
What Is Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
Are there any natural ways to reduce anxiety and depression? Understanding that depression and loneliness can be affected by mindfulness is crucial.
Everyone at some point in their lives will experience a bout of sadness or possible anxiety. It was during my first experiences with it that I learned some tools that helped me to overcome what was causing my depression and anxiety, these tools being a bit of mindfulness and spiritual meditation. I realize that words like meditation and mindfulness are trending, but there is more and more research out there that cognitive therapies based on mindfulness are showing promising results.
Does A Diet Have To Be Diverse?
It shouldn't be surprising to know what you eat affects mood. In fact it regulates behavior. But how does it compare with global vs. american diets?
There has been some promising research that has indicated once people take probiotics, their perceived anxiety, how they view and handle pressure, and their intellectual outlook can be enhanced, compared with those who don't include probiotics of their diets. But there have been different studies comparing various non-US diets like the Mediterranean diet and the Japanese diet to a typical SAD diet. Standard American diet.
These podcasts are an extension of me sharing what I believe is the source to be healthy emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually: a strong gut.