Gut well – all good?
Hippocrates already knew: “All diseases begin in the intestine.” And so it is not surprising that the most famous physician of antiquity also believed that the intestine was the father of all afflictions. How up-to-date this knowledge still is 2,500 years later is shown by our modern science, because it has long been proven that the intestine and its microbiome is responsible for about 80 % of our immune reactions and, moreover, about 70 % of the immune cells are located in our largest organ.
So if our intestines get out of sync, we usually notice it in a variety of ways. Starting with flatulence, constipation, diarrhea up to serious health effects such as chronic diseases. 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 gut
Yes, you read correctly! Many emotions originate in the intestine. Before you think “What a nonsense!” you should ask yourself why the vernacular speaks of “butterflies in the stomach” or “love goes through the stomach”? Therefore listen to your “gut feeling” and read and be amazed:
- The approximately 100 trillion living intestinal microorganisms provide a subliminal mood carpet by permanently communicating via nerve connections, hormones and other messenger substances.
- Probiotic bacteria produce, among other things, neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin and GABA, which have a massive influence on our mood. GABA – an inhibitory neurotransmitter – calms our nerves and certain brain regions when they show an overreaction due to negative stress, anxiety, depression or panic.
- Approximately 95% of the known mood enhancer serotonin originates from the intestine, with the vagus nerve representing the central connection between the intestine and the brain, and 80% of it is continuously 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!
As life is like that: Without Yin, also 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 tilted and yeasts as well as pathogenic bacteria may have increased. The result can be a so-called dysbiosis, which manifests itself as follows:
- Leaky gut syndrome (so-called holey intestinal wall)
- Increased immune and inflammatory responses
- Increase in anxiety and depression
The good news: The microbiome – in simple terms, our intestinal flora – adapts flexibly to our respective nutritional situation. So you can easily and actively contribute to making your gut feel good again! How exactly do you do that? You probably already know, by taking in more “well-meaning intestinal bacteria”. You could also simply say: Eat yourself happy!
With prebiotic and probiotic foods, you can succeed particularly well. While prebiotics – indigestible dietary fibers such as vegetables or our vitality product ColoSTABIL® – ensure that the bifidobacteria in the intestine feel particularly well, probiotics are living microorganisms. Prominent representatives here are the lactic acid bacteria or yeasts, which are usually found in lactic acid foods such as kefir, buttermilk or MyREGULATE.