If we had to choose a phrase from a movie that summarizes life these days it would definitely be “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get “.

We find ourselves in the midst of a situation that has forced the world to change its perspective Suddenly, there are many things out of our control which has led to a lot of uncertainty. 

Today we had an exquisite chocolate bar with brandy, but what about tomorrow?

During times like these, our emotions go on a roller coaster at full speed. In a matter of minutes, we can go from feeling like  we are in control of everything to feeling anxiety and fear for the uncertainty that surrounds us. 

Day by day we follow basic practices to control our anxiety. New habits can include, avoiding saturating ourselves with information, organizing our time and responsibilities for each day, doing some leisure activities, balancing our sleep cycle, and keeping a balanced diet. Here at Nature’s Discount we also advise you to maintain good gut health.

Have experienced felt intestinal problems when you’re under stress? This is because our gut health is connected to your emotional state and your day-to-day anxiety levels. 

Gut flora produces and regulates important substances that affect our mood. Neurotransmitters such as serotonin – the chemical of happiness – and dopamine, and the regulation of cortisol – the stress hormone- are some of them. These substances communicate with the brain and are key when it comes to dealing with mental turmoil.

Probiotics and prebiotics

Probiotics (foods that contain microorganisms that maintain and regulate the “good” bacteria in your body) and prebiotics (foods high in fiber that act as a nutrient for probiotics) work together to create an ideal environment for the “good” bacteria to flourish. This helps promote your digestive process and contributes to your emotional health.

Fruits and vegetables like asparagus, plantain, garlic, and onions are sources of prebiotics. While fermented foods such as kefir, kimchi, kombucha, natto, sauerkraut, tempeh, and yogurt, contain probiotics. 

Also, there are different probiotic supplements that will improve your intestinal and emotional health. Visit us at Nature’s Discount and we will find the option that best suits your needs.

Despite not knowing which chocolate will be next in your box, or whether it will be your favorite or one that you will want to throw away, paying attention to your intestinal health can be of great help when facing difficult times like the one we are living right now.

Do not forget, when the box of chocolates becomes too difficult to handle and you feel like you cannot keep up, look for the necessary specialized help that complements good habits and good nutrition so you can get back on your feet. At Nature’s Discount, we are your allies on the path for a healthier lifestyle.