Good Gut – All Good?
Hippocrates already knew: “All diseases begin in the intestines. So it is not surprising that the most famous physician of antiquity was also of the opinion that the gut is the father of all ailments. Modern science has proven that the gut and its microbiome are responsible for about 80% of our immune responses and that about 70% of our immune cells are located in our largest organ.
When our gut is out of sync, we usually notice it in many ways. From bloating, constipation, and diarrhea to serious health effects such as chronic disease. A well-maintained intestinal flora is therefore not only worth its weight in gold, but also the basis for our health and well-being.
The Good Mood, Bad Mood Intestine
Yes, you read that right!Many emotions originate in the intestine.Before you think, “What a nonsense!”, ask yourself why the vernacular speaks of “butterflies in the stomach” or “love goes through the stomach”? So listen to your “gut” and read and be amazed:
- The approximately 100 trillion living microorganisms in your gut create a subliminal mood carpet by constantly communicating via nerve connections, hormones and other messengers.
- Probiotic bacteria produce neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin and GABA, among others, which have a massive influence on our mood. For example, GABA – an inhibitory neurotran smitter – calms our nerves and certain brain regions when they overreact due to negative stress, anxiety, depression or panic.
- Approximately 95% of the known mood enhancer serotonin comes from the gut, and the vagus nerve is the central link between the gut and the brain, with 80% of the nerve constantly engaged in this activity.
“Spring is when the soul thinks colorful again.”
It’s greening and blooming, our mood is clearly more positive and life feels lighter overall. But what is the reason that spring makes us exhilarated and happy? Certainly from several factors, because in addition to the warmer temperatures and the more abundant fauna, fresh fruit and summer vegetables also provide a lot of joy in our intestines. Because if our intestines are happy, we are automatically somehow also…
Eat Yourself Happy!
Life is like that: No Yin, no Yang! And that means: Unfortunately, there are also many intestinal bacteria that can influence moods such as anxiety or depression. In this case, our originally balanced intestinal flora may be upset, and yeasts and pathogenic bacteria may have increased. The result can be a condition called dysbiosis, which manifests itself as
- Leaky gut syndrome (leaky gut).
- Increased immune and inflammatory responses
- Increased anxiety and depression
The good news: The microbiome-in simple terms, our gut flora-is flexible and adapts to our nutritional situation. So you can easily and actively help your gut feel good again! How exactly do you do this? You probably already know: by eating more “good gut bacteria”. You could also simply say: Eat yourself happy!
Prebiotic and probiotic foods can help you do just that. While prebiotics – i.e. indigestible dietary fibers such as vegetables or our vitality product ColoSTABIL® – ensure that the bifidobacteria in particular feel at home in the gut, probiotics are living microorganisms. Prominent examples are lactic acid bacteria or yeasts, which are found mainly in lactic acid foods such as kefir, buttermilk or in lactic fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut, kimchi, miso or kombucha.