This week is stress awareness week and we are discussing why it’s important to understand the important role your gut plays in your overall wellbeing.
Have you ever felt nauseous before a presentation or get butterflies at the thought of a big life event? The terms ‘gut-wrenching’ or ‘listen to your gut’ are all too true as your gut links directly to your brain and in fact, is often referred to as ‘the second brain’.
Unfortunately, this can have a detrimental effect, since, communication is a two-way path (or in this case nerve) therefore if you experience gut or intestinal problems it can cause anxiety and other mental wellness issues.
Here we explore the importance of our gut/ brain relationship and why it’s important to keep the trillions of microbes that help make up our microbiome, happy.
What is Microbiome?
Think of your microbiome as your internal ecosystem - a complex network of cells which make up you, but not just physically, in a physiological sense. If you start off with a single cell and get that part right, essentially you are creating a complex interaction which will, in turn, have a hugely beneficial effect on how you feel - FACT! Biology dictates that in order to thrive our cells require a complex mix of rich micro-nutrients, vitamins and minerals, so what does our brain crave and why?
Minerals and trace elements are required by the body in small amounts however they are vital for optimal cellular function throughout the body, including the cells in the gut and brain. Without sufficient intake of these vital elements your cells and bodily systems including your nervous system can’t function optimally. However each mineral cannot work effectively on its own as they all work synergistically. Each one needs at least 20 other minerals and trace elements to be absorbed and to work effectivley in the body. Due to intensive farming methods, the levels of nutrients especially minerals and trace elements have depleted in soil. This has led to a decline in those available to us in our food, negatively impacting our health.
Essential Fatty Acids
Omega-3 and Omega-6 are known as ‘essential fatty acids’ (EFA), as they cannot be synthesized in the body but are necessary for human health. They are important for healthy cell membranes and exerting inflammatory effects in the body. Omega-3 is important for gut health and optimum brain health. It is important that our body has the correct balance of inflammatory effects from the correct ratio of Omega-3: Omega-6. These EFA also have a role in the synthesis of neurotransmitters (chemical messengers) which send signals around the body. Neurotransmitters can affect behaviour and mood and their malfunctions can worsen symtoms of stress and anxiety. In the modern diet, Omega-6 consumption has become progressively higher than Omega-3 so the correct ratio of Omega-6: Omega-3 is no longer obtained from diet alone.
So how does stress affect your gut?
Psychological and emotional stress can affect gut microbiota composition, creating dysbiosis. Dysbiosis, compounded by resulting inflammation, can lead to metabolic disease and sleep loss.
Unresolved stress increases inflammation in the body and reduces the diversity and abundance of bacteria that protect us from its damaging effects.
Chronic gut infections can contribute to systemic inflammation further exacerbating gut issues. But you do not need to experience digestive symptoms to have underlying microbiome problems as symptoms can be expressed in other ways throughout the body.
How stress affects the whole body
Stress isn’t good full stop. As we have already discussed that includes our digestive system, but also our metabolic system, cardiovascular health and the brain. Chronic stress can even impact blood sugar levels, immunity and inflammation.
Lack of sleep and over-training can also increase stress in the body. Chronically high levels of the stress hormone cortisol levels can suppress secretory IgA (your gut’s immune system,) and decrease oxygen to your gut which can also lead to gut damage.
We know that as humans we are on the verge of a global health pandemic, caused by the modern diet. We also know our cells need support to ensure they remain healthy, but nutrients are being depleted in our food - however, nature has been nurturing humans for many millions of years to ensure we survive and thrive!
Cellnutriton’s supplements are provided by nature, working in your body at the cellular level to prevent problems before they begin.
Cellnutrition Quinton, derived from beneath plankton blooms in the Atlantic Ocean, can be taken as a daily supplement not only to ensure you are consuming all 78 minerals and trace elements but to aid the absorption and use of other nutrients from your food. The Isotonic solution mirrors the internal terrain of the body, which can have a calm and therapeutic effect on the body. Taking Cellnutrition Quinton daily is even more vital during periods of stress when the absorption of nutrients from food can be affected.
Cellnutrition Quinton provides each element in the correct proportions, supporting the digestive system and enhancing the absorption of other nutrients from food, supporting the gut lining, combating inflammation and strengthening immunity.
Omegabiocell369 provides the highest concentration of Omega-3,6 and 9 from four plant oils. This is the only Omega oil to provide Omega’s in an ultra-pure form with high bioavailability and bioretention, staying in your cells for longer! Omega-3 is beneficial to support the health of your gut microbiome and is needed for the production of the feel-good hormone serotonin. As Omegabiocell369 is in ultra-pure form it can be taken daily to support the health of your gut with no build-up of toxins as with other products.
Cellnutrition now offer a subscription package, which not only provides you with unique, bioavailable supplements each and every month but also gives you the capacity to measure your mental fitness with FREE access to 87%. 87% is an app based tool which helps to address the psychological elements of wellness. 87% can be used to help you manage and reduce stress levels and help create awareness of lifestyle patterns that may be contributing to stress.
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