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Beyond the Obvious: How Your Gut Microbiome Impacts Your Mood and Other Surprising Signs of Imbalance

If you are feeling tired, irritable, or experiencing other less obvious signs that may be impacting your overall health, these indicators could be related to an imbalanced gut microbiome.

 

The gut microbiota consists of trillions of microorganisms in the digestive tract that have a critical role in one’s overall health and well-being, and the gut microbiome includes both microorganisms and their genetic material.  An imbalanced gut microbiota or gut microbiome can lead to several health issues, such as flatulence, bloating, some gut discomfort, a change in stools, occasional constipation, negative effects of intestinal microbiota on influencing digestion, and some lack of mental focus, low mood, and difficulty concentrating.

This is because the gut microbiome (the community of microorganisms that reside in our digestive tract) produces chemicals that communicate with the brain, affecting mood, physical well-being, and behavior.  This communication between the gut and the brain is known as the gut-brain axis, and it involves a complex network of signaling pathways between the gut, the nervous system, and the immune system.  

To take care of one’s gut microbiome, it’s crucial to avoid or limit processed and sugary foods that can disrupt the balance of bacteria in the gut and lead to health issues. Regular exercise can help promote the growth and diversity of beneficial bacteria in the gut, which contributes to healthy digestion. Getting enough quality sleep, about 7-8 hours each night, is essential for overall health, including gut health. Reducing stress through relaxation techniques like meditation or yoga can manage stress levels and prevent chronic stress from harming gut health. It’s recommended to avoid antibiotics unless necessary or recommended by your health care practitioner as they can disrupt the balance of bacteria in the gut.

According to Dr. Cheryl Reifer, Ph.D., RD, Coral Club expert, incorporating metabiotics (postbiotics) into one’s daily routine can be an excellent way to support the gut microbiome. Unlike traditional probiotics, metabiotics take immediate effect and do not conflict with the body’s natural microbiota. They are also highly digestible and can withstand acidic environments and antibiotics, making them a convenient and reliable option for maintaining gut health.  

Gut Microbiome

Metabiotic Metastick by Coral Club is an innovative dietary supplement that helps restore the body’s native intestinal microflora. It contains active Lactobacillus plantar metabolites from orange peel, Korean kimchi, banana pulp extract, and Vitamin B6.

These ingredients work together to provide a comprehensive approach to gut health:

  • The metabolites support lactobacilli and maintain healthy gut microflora while helping to reduce flatulence and promote intestinal comfort.
  •  Banana pulp extract provides food for healthy gut bacteria, stimulates their activity, and supports lipid and carbohydrate metabolism.
  • Vitamin B6 is essential for normal liver functions, absorption of vitamin B12, and regulation of digestive enzymes.

Incorporating Metastick into one’s daily routine can effectively support the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut and optimize digestive health. Regular exercise and eating high fiber foods can help promote the growth and diversity of beneficial bacteria in the gut, which also contributes to healthy digestion. 

Gut Microbiome

The website (https://us.coral.club/shop/metastick.html) can be visited to learn more about the products that can assist in achieving health goals.

Opinions expressed by The Chicago Journal contributors are their own.