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Everything is food, not just the stuff you eat! This means there are other important aspects of our lives — called our “primary foods” — that nourish us. Relationships, career, spirituality, and physical activity all represent examples of important primary foods.

Primary foods are the parts of life that provide the energy to feed our well-being, whereas the food you eat provides fuel for our bodies. 

An imbalance of these primary sources of energy can cause stress, anxiety, or depression. And what do we do when we don’t feel in control? Things we shouldn’t! We often lean on negative coping behaviors like alcohol, drugs, and unhealthy food to make us feel better. These habits, even if they don’t seem so bad at the time, destroy the good gut bacteria and disrupt the serotonin-producing cells in the gut. It starts a bad cycle. Rinse, lather, repeat. 

If you’re suffering from depression or anxiety you should know that it isn’t in your head. It’s in your bloodstream and gut! This is where serotonin comes into the picture.  What is serotonin? It’s known as the happy drug – but it’s much more than that.  All of your body’s serotonin is produced by a few important cells in the gut, and damage to these cells can cause serious problems with your serotonin production, affect your:

  • Central nervous system
  • Cardiovascular function
  • Digestion
  • Body temperature
  • Endocrine system
  • Reproduction
  • Neurological processes like sleep, mood, pain, and hunger

Here’s a good example of the gut-brain connection: Researchers found that people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) often have anxiety or depression. Sometimes the anxiety or depression brings on the IBS. Other times, the imbalance in the gut that causes IBS contributes to the onset of these mood disturbances. It’s like a “chicken or egg” scenario. 

If you want to improve your mood naturally, then you’re in the right place.  Together, we’ll come up with an individualized plan of action that includes:

Foods that nourish you, and support a healthy mind

Lifestyle optimization

Restore healthy gut flora  

to boost moods 

Ready to feel BETTER? Great! 

The first step is to schedule your free, no-obligation call with me. What are your goals? What do you see for yourself? It’s all possible, and we’ll discover if this program is the right one to get you there.