Happy gut, happy me

We had a fascinating discussion at a recent Listen2, all around the 4 “happy hormones” (dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphins), and what we can do to give ourselves boosts of these hormones.

I since learned that 95% of the body’s serotonin is made in the gut. So it seems like it’s a really good idea to ensure we have a healthy gut, not just for physical health, but also for emotional and mental wellbeing.

I decided to pay attention to mine and embarked on a 30 day gut reset programme. And 2 weeks in, I can honestly feel a difference. I’ve enjoyed eating healthy, delicious food, and by cutting out sugar, gluten and coffee, my acid reflux has completely disappeared. (incidentally, after the 30 days are over, I’ll introduce those 3 back in separately to see which is the main culprit - I’m keeping it all crossed that it’s not coffee!)

But one of the most delightful outcomes is that I feel happier. Much happier to be honest. And given the above stats, it seems I’ve turned my gut into a fully functioning serotonin-producing machine. Aren’t our bodies amazing?

Thank you for listening.

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