It turns out your “gut feelings” are real things, as your gut health can affect not only your physical health, but your mental well-being as well. Your “gut” is the collective of your gut bacteria, viruses, and fungi that makes up your gut microbiome, explains Healthline.com.
The source says your gut microbe “begins to affect your body the moment you are born,” and that without one, survival would be difficult. It also changes with age, and your diet can have an impact on it. Here are 12 ways a healthy (or unhealthy) gut can affect your body and brain…
1. Mood Maker
Fitness magazine confirms the link between your brain and your body, and notes the happiness of your gut microbiome can affect your overall mood. “The brain influences the digestive tract and vice versa,” it explains.
The source also says “new” research shows the digestive system – namely the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and colon – “have a big say in how our minds and bodies function and how happy we feel.” What’s more, up to 95-percent of the serotonin (a neurotransmitter connected to mood) is produced by cells in the lining of the gut, allowing the brain and gut to constantly be in communication, adds the source.