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The New Science Of Turning Your Frown Upside Down
Tired of feeling blue? Wish you weren’t stressed out all the time?
It’s hard to feel good when you’re surrounded by worries: an ongoing pandemic, bills and taxes, balancing your time between work and family. Constant stressors drag down your mood, leaving you with a sense of dissatisfaction and despair that makes it harder to feel positive about anything.
Thanks to our modern world, all of us could benefit from some “mood TLC” and mental health self care.
And as it turns out, the key to calming your nerves, boosting your mood and reconnecting to joy might be found in one of the most unexpected of places…
Happiness And Your Intestines
Many scholars and practitioners of old theorized throughout the centuries that a connection existed between your gut and your brain. However, it wasn’t until the 1970’s that the theories were confirmed:
Your brain and your gut share a direct link known as the gut-brain axis, or GBA.
It makes sense when you think about it. You get gut feelings. Worry and anxiety make you sick to your stomach. And those kinds of positive and negative signals flow in both directions because your GBA is a two-way communication system.
That’s partly why scientists consider your gut to be your “second brain.” And much like your brain is composed of neuronic cells, your gut is home to your enteric nervous system (ENS), which contains hundreds of millions of nerve cells. Your ENS sends signals to your central nervous system (CNS) along the vagus nerve (a major cranial nerve extending from the brainstem down to the abdomen) – This is how your gut and your brain “talk”.
Interestingly, exactly “what” your gut and brain talk about – as well as the health and effectiveness of your entire GBA system – is heavily influenced by your gut microbiome (the trillions of gut bacteria that end up guiding your mood).
3 Ways Your Gut Bacteria Keep You Smiling
The bacteria in your gut microbiome have an enormous impact on your mental health, brainpower, and mood.
In fact, it’s been shown that specific types of beneficial probiotic gut bacteria help keep you calm and brighten up your spirit in three important ways.
- They produce “feel-good” brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) such as serotonin, dopamine, and GABA that keep your mood up and your stress levels down.
- They help regulate stress hormones like cortisol so they don’t spiral out of control, imprisoning your body in a constant state of emergency
- They produce short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) such as butyrate and propionate that help protect the brain from toxins and connect to and expand the brains’ reward system.
But here’s the trick when it comes to feeling your brightest: You need enough of the right probiotic bacteria in your gut to be calm, cool, and collected (while keeping stress under control).
The “Mind-Biotic” That Delivers Calm Positivity
Many probiotic bacteria can help contribute to optimal brain function and a helpful mood, but one in particular stands out above the rest in making calm positivity your reality. It’s a recently discovered special probiotic strain known as Bifidobacterium longum 1714™ (BL1714)... And its favorable impact on mental health has the scientific community excited.
So far research has confirmed that BL1714 helps your body manage stress without breaking a sweat. It essentially turns off your stress “switch” so your whole body and brain have a chance to relax and regroup. It does that by cradling your cortisol levels and helping your brain’s own stress-coping mechanisms function properly.
Though the research on BL1714 is just kicking into high gear, here’s what human clinical studies have shown us so far:
- BL1714 helps maintain healthy cortisol levels and reduced participant’s perception of their daily stress
- BL1714 reduces beta wave activity, which is connected with nervousness, for volunteers subjected to social stress. At the same time, BL1714 increased theta wave activity, which is associated with calmness and creativity.
- BL1714 helps people maintain healthy sleep quality and sleep duration even while under exam stress.
That’s just the start of what BL1714 can do… Even better – its impact on your mental well-being can reach farther with the help of some special nutrients…
You Need These “B’s” To Be Happy
Along with the right bacteria – like BL1714 – in your gut, you need the right nutrients on board to maintain great health and well-being.
As the building blocks of a healthy body, B vitamins have a direct impact on your mood, energy levels, cognitive function, and metabolism. Your body uses these essential vitamins in nearly all of its feel-good neurotransmitter recipes.
Science has shown that a particular cocktail of vitamins – B6, B9, and B12 – helps support key neurotransmitter production, healthy brain function, and encourages a healthy mood.
It’s even been proven that this B trifecta can help reduce work-related stress and support emotional health.
Get Ready for Just Calm
The stats on the current state of mental health are alarming. According to studies:
8 in 10 U.S. adults feel so much stress they say it’s affecting their physical wellbeing.
While sleep loss, low energy, and illness are the telltale signs of stress at work, it’s also linked to some of the world’s most persistent health problems, like:
- Heart disease…
- High blood pressure…
- Autoimmune disease
- Liver dysfunction…
- And of course, anxiety and depression…
The bad news? You can’t escape everyday stressors
But there is good news – you can help your body cope so you stay calm, clear, and positive.
Just Calm, the mood support, “mind-biotic” from Just Thrive, contains the clinically studied Bifidobacterium longum 1714™ along with a supportive blend of brain-nourishing B vitamins (B6, B9, and B12).
Try Just Calm today.