How to Be Happier Than Ever!
Scientific Research has shown that 95% of your serotonin, a chemical neurotransmitter responsible for your mood, is produced in your gastro-intestinal tract (gut). An estimated 80% of your immunity is produced in your stomach.
A toxic diet and a poor lifestyle could very well be the reason you are anxious, suffer from depression or you just aren’t as happy as you could be.
A 2010 research study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, concluded that the modern American or Western diet, leads to higher rates of depression anxiety.
a traditional dietary pattern characterized by vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, and whole grains was associated with lower odds for major depression or dysthymia and for anxiety disorders. A western diet of processed or fried foods, refined grains, sugary products, and beer was associated with a higher GHQ-12 (depression anxiety) score.
Recent scientific research is discovering how the interaction between your gastrointestinal tract and brain, or the Gut Brain Connection, affects depression anxiety.
A May 2013 Swedish study found that Anxiety and depression are linked to functional abdominal pain, not only in subjects with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) but also in otherwise healthy people with milder, subtle gastrointestinal symptoms.
An August 2013 VanderbiltUniversitystudy found that adults who had stomach aches as children, were 4 to 5 times more likely to have anxiety as adults. – See more at: http://psychcentral.com/news/2013/08/18/kids-frequent-tummy-aches-linked-to-adult-anxiety-depression/58547.html
There is a two-way street between your gut and your brain. Each of the organs communicates with the other via the Vagus Nerve these organs, your brain and your gut, can impact the health of the other very easily and without you even knowing.
Your brain can cause depression anxiety by affecting your gut. And your gut can cause depression anxiety by affecting your brain. Brain induced gut damage from chronic psychological stress, or environmentally induced gut damage from a poor diet, antibiotics, alcohol, and more, can lead to depression anxiety. Thus an unhealthy stressful lifestyle will only aid anxiety and depression.
At New You Boot Camp we focus on this very subject. Everyone should be aware that to be healthy not only allows people to lose weight but it levels one’s mood to be much happier, balanced and creates a huge amount of happy hormones.
There is a lot to be said for Eat clean, train dirty
The brain releases the stress hormone, cortisol and this in turn stops the digestion process in your gut. Any type of chronic stress, such as relationship stress, financial stress, exam stress, illness stress, etc., leads to constant interruption of the normal digestive process, which then leads to damage to your gut.
So the best foods are whole foods. Don’t eat anything you can’t recognize whole. i.e. a carrot, chicken, tomatoes. Any food you recognize in its whole form can be used and is incredibly delicious.
Your exercise goal should be an hour and a half of exercise per day. Half an hour before breakfast in the morning, half an hour mid-day after lunch, and half an hour in the evening after dinner.
Exercise in the morning lowers your cortisol levels, a stress hormone which is at its highest level in the morning, and which disrupts the digestive process.
Exercising after dinner, as little as a 15 minute walk a new study finds, lowers your blood sugar levels for the entire next day. High blood sugar levels can cause depression
One half hour of your daily routine, should be vigorous enough to get your heart rate up, and for your body to perspire. The other two half hours of exercise can be as easy as a walk after lunch or dinner.
You do not want to engage in strenuous exercises starting out, as your body and especially heart, may have been weakened by depression anxiety. Take it slow in the beginning and gradually increase your exercise routine.
All in all guys you can help yourself. You can change your life and you can change your mood. Eat Clean and Train Dirty, the New You Boot Camp Way.
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