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October 13, 2016

Why Am I In Such a Crappy Mood?

Guess where those wonderful neurotransmitters that put you in a good mood (e.g. gaba, dopamine, serotonin, epinephrine, and norepinephrine) are manufactured? Although you might guess it’s the brain, actually 90% of these feel-good chemicals are manufactured in your gut! If your gut is not in optimum health it’s very likely you are not in the best of moods either. In fact, nearly every person I have worked with as a nutritionist has been depressed to some degree. And most people who are depressed find it difficult to get motivated to make changes that will lead to better health!

How do you get gut-healthy? Start with eating cultured foods that contain live cultures. (Sauerkraut starts out live, but if you buy it in a can it’s heated and dead. There are great varieties of sauerkraut that are live and in the refrigerator case at your health food store. There are also many probiotic drinks but avoid the ones with sugar.) My favorite daily cultured food is homemade kefir—not sweetened, and full-fat. It’s very easy to make at home, or you can buy it ready-to-drink. If you won’t eat kefir, try yogurt, although it’s not quite as beneficial. If you still won’t eat that, take a good, strong probiotic supplement and stay on it for at least 6 months.

It’s important to note that healing your gut will require eating less sugar too. When you eat kefir and yogurt, chose plain and add whole fruit, rather than buying the ones infused with sugar. With daily ingestion of live, cultured foods and/or supplements, you will feel happier! Want to know how to make your own kefir? Check out the appendix of Chapter 1: Your Gut Brain, in my eBook, Claim Your Best Body – The Easier Way!


About the author:

Sue Rose has studied whole food nutrition and alternative therapies for over 40 years. She learned from some of the top physicians in the country, including Dr. Geoff and Cheri Jones, founders of the Jones Institute for Advanced Medicine (Preventive and Anti-Aging Medicine), Oak Brook, Illinois; Dr. Jonathan Miller, (classical homeopathy), San Francisco, California; Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Founder, Institute of Body-Mind Centering (movement re-education and hands-on repatterning), Amherst, Massachusetts; and Dr. John Upledger, Founder, The Upledger Institute (cranio-sacral therapy), Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. As a Certified Nutritional Counselor, Sue helped her clients lose weight, regain their positive outlook, improve memory, and increase their energy. Today, she writes books to help people uncover their intrinsic vitality and live healthier, happier lives.

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