The Brain Gut Connection, and its effect on mental well-being
Loving the tart taste and effervescence of kombucha might be enough for you. It would certainly make sense to us if it were! But research also suggests that a diverse microbiome - the collection of bacteria in our gut - may also be connected in complex ways to our mental well-being. While the connection between gut health and mental health is still unfolding, the potentially far-reaching benefits of having a healthy gut microbiome offer another reason to partake of raw, unpasteurized fermented foods.
Mighty gut microbes
Your gut’s microbiome composed of the more than 100 trillion microbes that populate your intestinal tract - is as unique as your fingerprint. Deep within the 25 feet of your intestines, your microbiome is working to defend you against pathogens and absorb the vitamins and amino acids that you consume. Immune cells learn to mobilize in the gut, and it’s home to more than 20 varieties of hormones.
Up to 90% of your serotonin is produced in your gut! New discoveries are constantly being made about possible connections between your gut's microbiome, and your mental and physical wellness.