What is Your Gut Telling You? Part 3/3
There is a direct connection between the gut and behavior. One thing that's really interesting to note about your brain and your moods is a lot of this is governed by what we call neurotransmitters. That's like serotonin. Serotonin, a general description of that is the happy neurotransmitter. You feel really happy when you got good amounts of serotonin.
There's dopamine. Dopamine helps you to feel happy and content so a little bit more chill. You might be dopamine deficient if you're extremely sensitive to road range. You have a harder time maintaining a level of contentment.
GABA is a neurotransmitter that acts to dim down your brain, your thinking. GABA has to be able to come up to elevated levels at night so there's GABA. There's acetylcholine. Acetylcholine helps you with your brain process and your thinking and all of that. There are many different neurotransmitters.
Your brain and your gut both make all these neurotransmitters, many of them. In terms of these behavioral neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, GABA, and acetylcholine, your gut makes those just like your brain except 90% of it comes from your gut, not your brain. Your gut is where most of your mood and your capacity to handle external stressors. It starts in the gut!
Know this. There's loads of nervous tissue in the digestive system. Ninety percent of the vagus nerve fibers go from the gut to the brain and it's a one-way street, gut to brain, not the brain talking to the gut. Sure that happens. There's still 10% of those nerve fibers available for other communications but 90% flow from the gut to the brain. Your gut literally governs your mood and how you think.
If you have ever had a gut instinct telling you to do something or you've been in the scenario that you know is not right for you because it makes me sick to your stomach, that's an example of a visceral sensation telling your brain, "Hey, we need to make some different decisions here around this scenario." How cool is that? We already know this to be true on a subconscious level but to know and understand the science behind it I think is really affirming to help you maybe be a little bit more trusting to your gut instinct because it comes down to neurology here.
Unfortunately, right now with what's being talked about in terms of solutions in the majority of psychiatric and therapeutic facilities around brain health and mood and behavioral health, it's just focused on how can we alter the brain chemistry which is important but what about the gut? That's where a lot of the neurotransmitters, most of them, 90% of them exist. If you have gut imbalance, if you have intestinal permeability, start there. Let your body be able to notice the difference as you start to re-calibrate and do what it's meant to do which is come back to homeostasis.
I just love how our body really is so much more intelligent than we really conceive. The largest organ in our body is the gut. If we took the gut and flattened it out into the surface area, it will cover a tennis court. Have you heard that before? Isn't that crazy?
Four simple tips that you could start to do to remodel your digestive system:
Start the day with apple cider vinegar and hot water. If you use essential oils and you have a brand that is safe for internal ingestion, I recommend that you add a drop of On Guard oil too. It's fantastic for immune support. The apple cider vinegar does amazing things in getting your body ready for the day in terms of being able to release adequate enzymes. It's actually very pH balancing. If you need to add a little bit of raw organic honey, do it to make it a little bit more palatable.
Get your hands on some good, high quality essential oils that you can ingest internally. I love and use doTERRA everyday. Citrus oils are freaking phenomenal. They help to support a healthy pH in the gut. They also get your liver working and they're just a natural cleansing that you can do everyday without having to go through a daily full blown detox
Drink a green smoothie. You can do juices too. I recommend smoothies because the smoothies still have the fiber from the vegetables and the fruit. The fiber is key for helping your body to sop up a lot of the junk in there to clean out that internal environment so that it's more conducive to a healthy bacterial imbalance rather than an unideal bacterial imbalance. We don't want anything that's fostering dysbiosis.
Drink bone broth (if you’re not vegan). Bone broth is so fantastic for supporting healthy immunity. It's going to help support the rebuilding of the digestive lining if you're prone to leaky gut syndrome or any type of chronic digestive dysfunction.
Those are basic habits you can bring in everyday. We haven't even talked about gut cleansing. These have enormous capacity to support your gut in a way that's going to affect all these other body systems, your peripheral immune system, your hormonal system, your metabolic system, your energetic system and of course your mood and behavioral patterns as well.