How does a disturbed intestinal flora occur?
Our intestines are very sensitive to disruptive factors. These are mainly nutrition, stress and medication. Actually, we all know it. Inferior, unbalanced food consumed in excessive quantities leads to foul-smelling stools, flatulence or constipation and a bad mood. In exam situations, the stomach starts grumbling and it is not uncommon for diarrhea attacks to occur in stressful situations.
Our intestines react immediately to psychological stress of any kind. This is due to the fact that many nerve tracts run between the intestines and the brain. In fact, the majority of them run from the intestine to the brain.
At the same time, our gastrointestinal tract also represents an emotional center, because depending on the microorganisms present, different messenger substances are released that have an effect on the limbic system. The composition of the intestinal bacteria, in turn, is significantly influenced by the food we ingest. Our beneficial bacteria, for example, prefer to feed on water-soluble dietary fibers and plant fibers, while the less beneficial putrefactive bacteria feed on sugar, simple carbohydrates or trans fats.
Nutrition and the prevailing balance or imbalance in the gut therefore have an immense impact on our emotions and mood. A balanced and plant-based diet can significantly reduce the risk of depression or positively influence its course. A disturbed intestinal flora, on the other hand, carries a great risk for depressive or “bad” mood.
Perhaps reading this article will make you want to make a healthy and nourishing smoothie?