Healing Heart Nutrition
Healing Heart Nutrition

Gut instincts or anxiety, which one is it?

So, what is the difference between your “gut instincts and anxiety”? First, ask yourself what is the immediate situation and how often are you reacting to it in the same way? Feelings of anxiety or uneasiness may continue to happen regardless of the matter to the current situation that you are dealing with in that present moment. Also, identify if those anxious feelings or thoughts are about the future. Generally, unkind or unhealthy thoughts about one’s future are a sure sign of anxiety and not your “gut instinct” steering the advice.

While both anxiety and your “gut instincts” can create a light-headed feeling, remeber to yourself that stress will lead you to uncertainty. At the same time, your gut may feel some fear but will be confident with its intended reactions and purpose; therefore, be able to move forward and have faith in trusting it.

Now let me talk about your “gut instincts” concerning having IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). One of the main symptoms of irritated bowels is stress. And guess what? Those stress signals are not only messing around with our gut sensations, but they also send messages to our brain. Much evidence suggests that the brain is aware of gut microbes, and a disturbance in their quantity can directly influence our perception and behavior. How do I know this? It’s because our gut secretes more than 90% of the serotonin in our body. Serotonin is one of the chemicals responsible for regulating our feelings of happiness. Although, serotonin is just one of several biochemical signals secreted by the gut that drive our mood and behavior.

Digestive anxiety ruins your gut as well as your mood. Therefore, adopting a more healing and healthy lifestyle is critical for improving your mind, body, and spirit. Also, one of the most incredible things about a “gut instinct” is that you can deal with the intuitive thought and take it to the test spot on. So, for example, if you have a “gut instinct” like forgetting to shut the coffee pot off when you left for work, and now it is sitting on your kitchen counter beginning to start a fire, go home and see if your “instinct” what right or wrong.

So the bottom line is your gut health is essential because it influences your total well-being. One of the best ways to enhance your gut health is proper nutrition. I always like to focus on what you should include in your lifestyle vs. what you shouldn’t. Therefore here are a few suggestions to improve your GUT:

  • Eat whole foods and avoid processed foods high in unwanted food additives, chemicals, and preservatives that disrupt the healthy bacteria in the gut.
  • Include all colors of fresh fruits and vegetables daily into your eating; think how can I include all of the colors of the rainbow.
  • Try to have probiotic-rich foods such as plain yogurt without added sugar.
  • Add fermented foods such as kefir (unsweetened), sauerkraut, or kimchi if you like the taste; they can be helpful to maintain a healthy gut.

Most of us recognize that gut health is vital for our overall digestive health, but we also need to be aware of how nervous and neurological symptoms can have their place in an unhealthy gut as well.

Therefore, in my opinion, one of the main effects on our overall well-being is OUR nutrition. So, good luck, and Remeber, I am here to Help!

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