Hello Reader. 86%!? Yes, we will get to that in the next 2 paragraphs… First, 1 surprising counseling tip is to learn about healthy nutrition and to maintain healthy gut health. You’ve probably heard lots of talk about gut health and maybe even been approached by someone with one of the many products that assist with gut health. But why is gut health important for counseling?
The gut is our “second brain”. Medical science shows us that our gut is considered the “second brain” and how the health of gut goes, so goes our mood, emotions and thought patterns. The digestive system is known as the second brain because the gut produces millions of neurons that release critically important chemical messengers. These messengers are called neurochemicals or neurotransmitters. These send messages to the brain which then triggers moods, emotions and thought patterns.
Here’s the 86% — Unfortunately about 86% of the American population is living with suboptimal levels of gut and brain neurotransmitters, according to the brilliant researchers at Neurogistics. 86%!
A few questions here…
Have you heard of the “happy hormone” otherwise known as serotonin?
Did you also know that serotonin is considered the “master neurotransmitter”? Well, guess what produces about half of your serotonin? Your gut!
Guess what else is influenced if your serotonin is off? Every other neurotransmitter—and these help the functions of every physical system, your personality, patterns, and behaviors—both conscious and subconscious.
What’s one area of your body you can help that will impact your everyday life, help your goals, and help you in every relationship? Yes, your gut!
So most likely, your gut health will influence your counseling. If your gut is healthy, you feel better—emotionally, physically, intellectually and spiritually—because you have more energy for relationships. If your gut is healthy, you have more energy to work on the things and goals that matter to you. If your gut health is off, then your master neurotransmitter is off, and counseling will not be near as effective…or efficient as it could be.
How to improve your gut health –
- Start with a visit to your medical doctor, to People’s Pharmacy (in Austin) or call Neurogistics.com
- Get your current levels assessed and receive a report on what exactly is going on inside
- Under the care of a medical doctor, begin your basic nutrients if you haven’t already: a high quality multivitamin and mineral formula, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, a high quality probiotic and prebiotic, adequate water
- Also under the care of a medical doctor, begin any recommended supplements for the inhibitory support to create more serotonin, support adrenals, and lastly excitatory support to improve dopamine levels.
- Yes, under the care of a medical doctor, evaluate your diet based on the results of your medical report with the help of a medical professional. Our diet must contain a wide array of nutrients to support our body and brain.
- Continue your new routine with needed supplements, diet and medical coaching as needed until your re-test shows your gut and brain are healthy.
Every one of us is impacted by a daily onslaught harming our guts. Don’t harm your gut. Help your gut!
Help your gut by following the above steps with the care of your medical doctor and by cutting out the following things as much as possible: sugar, poor diet, stress, toxins, chemical exposure, and caffeine. These can all cause an imbalance or cause inflammation which then causes an imbalance in your gut.
I’m passionate about helping you achieve your counseling goals!
That’s why I want to encourage you to get your gut health and your brain wellness assessed. I got mine done and it truly made a massive difference for me. I forgot how good it felt to feel good most of the time! That’s how off my gut health had been. No more. Now I know so now I do what’s needed. Your turn!
Connect with me and let me know how it goes!
Liz Lawrence, MA, LPC-S is counselor, coach and creative who is passionate about people. She directs a counseling center in Austin, Texas and with husband David Lawrence co-leads the non-profit Renue.Me whose mission is to invest in the dreams of leaders in underprivileged communities around the world. Connect with her at www.lizlawrencelpc.com or www.renue.me
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