When we look at American health issues and then at how we live, it’s easy to see the relationship. We are stressed out about a wide range of difficulties, some of which are real and others of which are not. We don’t always have or prepare the best cuisine. Not everyone has the time to exercise or sleep. We are constantly bombarded with substances that have a negative impact on our bodies. Nonetheless, we continue to question why we feel the way we do, particularly emotionally.
One thing to keep in mind in all of this is the effect it has on the gut. If you have any of the aforementioned conditions or any combination of them, your gut is most likely not operating properly. The amount of serotonin produced will be affected if the gut microbiota is not working properly. Low serotonin levels can cause emotional instability, emotions of anger, anguish, and irritation, as well as weight gain, further digestive troubles, insomnia, and a variety of other problems.
These are frequently treated as individual issues, sometimes with drugs such as SSRIs. However, these medications do not always function as well as they should. You are feeling better, but not completely. This is because we are not addressing the root cause, which is the gut, and how we treat it. When I see this in the office and we reset the gut biome and give folks a lot of 5-HTP, they feel a lot better for a while.
After a few months, they revert to their former lifestyle patterns and begin to feel ill again. We can survive in a crazy world as long as we realize that the machine we live in, our bodies, will always require maintenance. If you have troubles that are or may be related to serotonin, clear out your gut and begin working on a solution to either abandon the previous negative habits or biochemically balance them. There is no method that you can follow or perform that will permanently fix you. Our bodies work the way they do not only because of the chemicals we put into them, but also because of the substances we don’t put in.
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Dr. Matt Chalmers
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