Ever felt those stomach flutters when you get nervous, find you lose your appetite when excited or find your digestive system plays up when you’re down? If you answered yes, you have witnessed the wonderful communication that occurs 247 between our brains and our gut.
SAD stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder – also known as “winter depression” because it typically begins to manifest as the days become shorter, and the winter months descend. It is estimated that 24% of the UK population are affected by this disorder! Symptoms can include feeling lethargic, low in mood, irritable, depressed, sleepy and can impact our appetite and cravings.
So how do we combat SAD as we enter the cosy, yet dark and cold winter months…?
When you haven’t been getting enough sleep or eating a healthy diet, have high-stress levels or have been taking antibiotics, it can create an imbalance of the good and bad bacteria in your gut. You might experience gastrointestinal issues, like bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, reflux and indigestion.
This is where probiotic and prebiotic foods can help.