Emotional Wellbeing and Gut Health

Is there a relationship between gut health and emotional wellbeing? A recent study linked bacteria in the gut to positive emotions, healthier emotion management skills, and better physical health. Over 200 women in the study filled out a survey assessing their feelings and how they handled emotions, as well as providing stool samples.

The study found people who suppressed their emotions had a less diverse gut microbiome, and those who reported happier feelings had lower levels of certain bacteria compared to people who had more negative emotions having more of those bacteria.

Some foods to support your gut health and ultimately your emotional and physical health include: organic fruits and vegetables, yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, fiber rich foods. Remember your best source for diet, nutrition, and supplement information is your Metabolic Typing Advisor, Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist, and Functional Medicine Practitioner.