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Modern naturopathy acknowledges that there is no single causative factor in psychological disorders, instead it is recognised that there are a range of factors including stress, dietary, and lifestyle habits (such as nutritional deficiency, gut microbiome, genetics, and hormonal factors).
The gut is full of bacteria, some healthy and some less healthy. An unhealthy balance or dysbiosis in the gut may be caused by frequent consumption of antibiotics, a parasite or infection, or simply poor food choices.
Some bacteria in the gut are also involved in the production of neurotransmitters, which impact the way we feel. For example, most of the body’s serotonin production (our happy hormone) occurs in the gut, and so an imbalance of beneficial bacteria may lead to a shortfall in serotonin and contribute to mood imbalances.
So what we eat plays a huge role in how we feel.
If you suffer from mood-related disturbance, speak with one of our naturopaths to find out how we can help.