At ProbioticUSA, we’re always looking for ways to educate and inform our customers about the powers of probiotics.
In a recent blog, we discussed how probiotics can contribute to improved mood by impacting the pathway between the brain and the digestive tract.
But how exactly does that connection work within the human body?
Today, we’re looking at the gut-brain axis and how your digestive health can impact your mood.
The Enteric Nervous System: The Second Brain
Did you know that your Central Nervous System has a counterpart in your digestive tract known as the enteric nervous system? This complex system is located in your gastrointestinal lining and is composed of over 500 million neurons.
These cells are responsible for a number of digestive functions, including swallowing, enzyme release, and digestive blood flow. Through communication with the body’s CNS, the ENS is also able to trigger digestive responses that aid in human survival. The fight-or-flight response, for instance, can cause digestion to slow or cease altogether, allowing the body to focus all of its energy stores on survival.
The ENS can also have a profound influence on emotions and mood. After all, over 90 percent of the body’s serotonin is made in the digestive tract.
Stress + The Gut
Have you ever heard the saying “I’ve got butterflies in my stomach”? How about “go with your gut”?
These idioms are so popular because they’re universally relatable; everyone has experienced nerve-related nausea or upset stomach. This is due to the ongoing, bidirectional relationship between the CNS and the ENS.
Stress, for instance, can worsen gastrointestinal issues; in fact, recent studies note a direct link between IBS and anxiety disorders.
Similarly, an unhealthy gut can cause anxiety and stress. This become a vicious cycle; stress caused by an irritated, unbalanced gut causes more irritation and more unbalance…and on and on and on.
Taking Care of Your Gut
Many of us are on the hunt for ways to increase gut health–without the questionable ingredients and chemicals that many “digestion aids” contain. Probiotics can be a positive addition to your diet if your goal is to improve overall digestive harmony. With a balanced gut, many stress-related mood problems can also improve.
It’s important to choose probiotic foods that contain the very best ingredients.
That’s why ProbioticUSA is proud to offer Progurt, the most revolutionary probiotic in the world.
With our line of Progurt sachets and other products, you can control your probiotic intake and get on the path to improved gut health. Peruse our shop and find the probiotics that will work best for you!
Have questions for us? Probiotic USA is here to guide you through the process of regaining and maintaining optimal health with Progurt, the best probiotic, which contains over one trillion live cultures.
Contact us today to learn more about the power of Progurt.