Our gut has a remarkable influence on our brain and ultimately how we think and feel. This is due to the microbiome and its 100 trillion bacteria that a play a crucial part in mood and stress regulation, behaviour, and manufacturing of neurotransmitters to name but a few. Notably our gut produces 95% of the body's serotonin, 50% dopamine and many other neurotransmitters and hormones that influence and regulate our mood, behaviour and a plethora of other chemical and physiological reactions. Working with the gut-brain connection as an adjunct to counselling will help you see greater results and improvement in your mental wellbeing, and of course physical health.
Practising mindful nutrition can help you with issues related to your relationship with food, such as body image, self-esteem, weight loss, eating disorders, obesity as well as gut issues such as IBS and IBD. The connection between mind and body as seen in these issues means that a mindfulness based nutritional intervention in conjunction
with psychotherapy can help you if you are struggling with any of the above problems.