Today I want to talk to you about the important connection between our body and our emotions: the relationship between our bacterial microbiota and how we feel emotionally.
What is the bacterial microbiota?
We might think that we are only human beings, but in reality, we are home to an amazing community of microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungi, that live mainly in our intestines.
This complex ecosystem of microbes is known as the bacterial microbiota and is not only essential for our physical health, but also plays a crucial role in our emotions.
Years back I would have asked you, can you believe it? But now I know that it is totally credible. Well, let's keep talking, inside us there is an invisible communication between our intestines and our brain through the gut-brain axis.
Through this network of signals, our bacterial microbiota communicates with our central nervous system, generating a bidirectional interaction between what happens in our intestines and how we feel emotionally.
Here comes the really surprising part: certain bacteria present in our microbiota can produce neurotransmitters such as serotonin, known to many as the happiness hormone.
What does this mean? The state of our microbiota can directly affect our emotional well-being. In fact, several studies have shown that a healthy and diverse microbiota is linked to a lower incidence of mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety.
But that's not all, the relationship between our emotions and our microbiota is not a one-way street. Our emotional life can also influence our microbial community. Chronic stress and negative emotions can alter the composition of microorganisms in our gut, creating a long-term impact on our emotional health.
Therefore, understanding the above, we must take care of our microbiota to improve our emotional health. The solution lies in small changes in our daily habits. Maintaining a balanced diet rich in fiber, including probiotic and prebiotic foods, can promote a healthy microbiota.
In addition, the practice of relaxation techniques, quality sleep and regular exercise also play an important role in maintaining the balance of our microbial community.
Let us not underestimate the power of the microscopic. Our bacterial microbiota is an essential part of our emotional life and overall well-being. Through small changes in our daily habits, we can foster a healthy relationship with our internal microorganisms and promote a fuller emotional life.
Our emotional health is just as important as our physical health, and understanding how our bacterial microbiota influences our emotions can be a big step towards a more balanced and happier life.
So go ahead, take control of your emotional well-being and start taking care of your bacterial microbiota. Remember to always decide for your health.