Excerpt from Enlightened Weight Loss

Although thought has a large impact on mood, it is not the only determining factor. The food you eat and the health of your digestive system plays a large role in how you feel.

You might eat junk food to feel better, however it is doing you more harm than good. Processed, high carb, high sugar, and high-fat foods increase inflammation in your body. Inflammation reduces the availability of feel-good hormones like serotonin and dopamine, making you feel worse in the long run.

The food you eat also impacts the level of inflammation and the type of bacteria living in your gut, which is incredibly impactful on your mood. The digestive system is not just a place to absorb food. It is actually seen as the largest endocrine organ in the body. With the help of the right bacteria, your gut produces much of the hormones in your body, including the feel-good hormone serotonin.

An unhealthy gut with the wrong bacteria will prevent your body from producing the hormones that are essential to your mental and physical health. In the next section, we will cover ways to improve your gut health.


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