What does the gut have to do with your mood?

The gut, aka “inside the belly”, has been proven to be our bodies literal “second brain”. For years, the medical world has been trying to figure out what causes our moods to change and what causes common problems that most of us face like stress, anxiety, and even depression. We know these problems are linked to serotonin, but did you know that 95% of serotonin isn’t even produced in the brain? Serotonin is actually produced in the gut.
What we put inside of our bellies is directly related to our emotional health. Our gut consists of bacteria we need to have a healthy balance or the rest of us will not be balanced including our mood. Your gut and your brain work together; so if one is out of balance the other will be also. Have you ever had an upset stomach because your mind was stressed? Well, think about it, if it works one way it works both ways. There have been many scientific studies that have linked mood problems to gut problems and vice versa.


The digestive process is highly analogues to the process of thinking. How often do you hear (or even say it yourself) people say things like:

  • I need to chew on that
  • I need to digest this information
  • I can’t stomach that person
  • He’s got guts.

Our guts and our brains are connected way more than we think.


The recipe for a healthy gut and a healthy mood is 85% good bacteria and 15% bad bacteria.


Some symptoms of an unhealthy gut include gas, bloating, nausea, sugar cravings, and more.


The best way to make sure that your gut is getting the healthy nourishment it needs is through probiotics. Probiotics can be in pill form, or you can get them right through your diet. Excellent sources of probiotics include kefir and fermented or cultured foods and beverages, including my favourite kimchi, sauerkraut, and kambucha. I will be showing you how to make sauerkraut in a video on my Facebook page later this week.


Keeping a healthy gut in check will help you to digest food properly, absorb vital nutrients, and maintain a healthy state of mind aka your mood. Add probiotic rich food to your diet – overtime you will notice the benefits and your sugar cravings will surely reduce too.