How To Beat The Post-Holiday Blues
The excitement and get up and go from the holidays are often followed by a lull, a sadness, and for some even the blues. While it is not yet a syndrome it is a real thing for some people. You may have enjoyed time off work, spent time with family and friends and now find yourself feeling down. The feeling will pass as you get back to your routines but there could be more going on. Your gut health could be leading the downward spiral. Being off your routine, eating all the wrong things, over indulging in alcohol, extra sweets and skipping those daily probiotics can all mess with your gut. Messing with those good healthy probiotics in your gut can affect your mood. Sounds strange but true. In fact, there is a growing body of evidence that your gut health directly affects your over all well being, your immune, mental, mood, emotions, and of course physical health. How is that possible? We all know that your brain contains a number of neurons that tell your body how to behave but your gut also contains neurons which are connected to your brain through the nerves in your nervous system (the main one is called the “Vagus” nerve). Your brain also uses chemicals produced by the body called neurotransmitters which control feelings and emotions but did you know that your gut also produces neurotransmitters (via all the microbes, good bacteria) that live inside of you? Some of those feel good neurotransmitters such as serotonin and GABA are produced by your healthy gut bacteria. Given this gut-brain interaction and how it affects mood, may help you to better understand that if you failed to care for your gut over the holidays, you are feeling a bit blue now.
Let Your Gut Lead Your Brain To A Better Mood
Understanding the need for good gut health to help you achieve a better mood is a good incentive to reach for probiotics. Changing your gut bacteria can provide a healthier gut which in turn can provide good brain health and mental health. The right strains of probiotics can help with not only mental health but can help reduce cortisol, a stress hormone that’s often linked to anxiety. Ultimate Flora Probiotic Plus Mood & Stress is a good formulation to not only support good digestive health, but it also contains the clinically studied probiotics ( Lactobacillus Helveticas R0052 and Bifidobacterium lignum R0175) which can specifically help moderate feelings of anxiety and reduce gastrointestinal discomfort related to mild to moderate stress. It helps with general feelings of anxiety, helps to reduce stress-related gastrointestinal complications like nausea and supports good digestive health. Look for other probiotics from Renew Life such as Ultimate Flora Probiotic Plus Immune Support which is formulated to contain specific probiotic strains that support the immune fighter cells. We really like Ultimate Flora Critical Care in the to-go packs – it works for gut health when nothing else seems to work and you do not have to keep it in the fridge so it can go where you go.