Grow-the-Garden Various health authorities I have studied with believe that “Health and happiness begin in the gut.” After reading the facts, it’s hard to disagree with this statement! How many of you have heard the statement “I have a gut feeling,”?   When suffering from emotional stress we often have stomach pains, right? Did you know that 90% of valuable serotonin (or 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HTP) is located in the enterochromaffin cells in the gut? Serotonin is a critical neurotransmitter that is responsible for the success of many functions within the body including regulation of mood, appetite, and sleep. Serotonin also has cognitive functions, including memory and learning, and is most associated with helping to combat depression. In order for your digestive system to produce a healthy amount of serotonin to make these functions optimal, it is crucial in my opinion, to be taking a good probiotic. This ensures that the digestive system is effectively doing its job of breaking down your food and eliminating harmful toxins and wastes out of your body, so the production of serotonin can successfully take place. What is it that causes an imbalanced digestive system? The answer is bad bacteria. Bad bacteria imbalances your microflora, leading to diseased states within the body. Here are factors that can lead to an overgrowth of bad bacteria;

  • Stress
  • Aging
  • Bacterial infections
  • ‘Travelers bugs’
  • Antibiotics in food production or prescription meds
  • Acidic Foods/Beverages – Chlorinated water, pop, coffee, low fiber foods, and undercooked foods (applies to foods with high meat and/or sugar content only).
  • If you have bad breath it is a profound indication that bacteria levels in the intestine are impaired. (It’s not bacteria in your mouth causing this, regardless of what your dentist may have told you)Probiotics are the friendly bacteria that live in your stomach and intestines. They are necessary for creating  health, immunity, and pleasant emotional states. As explained above, they are responsible for creating the optimal intestinal environment for serotonin production, where they are also responsible for 50% of your immune system health. Probiotics produce anti-oxidants and combat yeast and fungal infections. Healthy happy gut = Happy mind.


Marina is a leader in the fields of Nutrition, Herbalism, Longevity, Entrepreneurship & Personal Development. Marina studied extensively with The BodyMind Institute and has become an entrepreneurial power-house in Feminine Empowerment Medicine. Marina offers Goddess Circles, Cacao Ceremonies and Individual Coaching Opportunities & Programs in addition to her projects Goddesspreneur Academy, Love Movement, Guiltless Chocolates & Goddess Beauty. Her heart’s mission is to holistically empower women by all means possible in the spirit of sisterhood, non-competition, embracing the Goddess within and holding space for surrender.


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