Did you know that 90 to 95 per cent of the ‘happy’ hormone serotonin is made in the gut? A study* of 1,000 UK women found 52 per cent experience digestive complaints, such as bloating or gas, at least once a week. Eating fibre everyday is a simple remedy for happy tums.
I want to fast-forward to just how happy I am feeling right now, but that wouldn't be the full story so just a teeny bit of background before I reveal the 'All-Bran new' me! After all, real mums are honest and sometimes the whole story needs to be told for things to start to make sense.
What I realise now is that depression is not something that you can just 'snap out of' or decide not to have because a lot of it can be caused by underlying factors, one of which is said to be reduced levels of serotonin. Looking back I believe that is what happened to me. I had days when I felt sluggish, I was tired all the time and I didn't want to go out or meet up with friends. The kids would often find me in tears and that would lead to extra guilt about how my depression was affecting them.
So this really is good news to find that helping to keep my gut happy, can help me feel happy and full of energy too. I regularly suffer from bloating. Sometimes my belly gets so bloated that my waistline size increases by nearly 2 dress sizes.
Since starting the All-Bran 5 day challenge (and continuing it beyond the 5 days as it has worked so well for me), I have noticed a definite reduction in bloating. I am enjoying the variety of flavours, choosing a different one each morning. And the Chocolate Wheats are so yummy that they make a great alternative to a chocolately snack when I'm feeling peckish later in the day.
I put together a little video which hopefully explains it all far better than I could in words - enjoy!
My lesson I learnt through all this, is that it is really so important for us mums (and dads) to take care of ourselves to help us be real mums to our children instead of just a shadow of who we are, which is what I felt like in the midst of depression. Sometimes taking a small step in the right direction can make a big difference.
This post is an entry for the Real Mums of All-Bran Linky Challenge, sponsored by Kelloggs. Find out more about the 5 day challenge here.
I didn't apply in time to get the free boxes of All-Bran as part of this challenge but bought my own and have been buying it ever since!
*Source for all research findings included in this document: Kellogg’s All-Bran Save Our Stomachs European Research Study (2014) conducted by Edelman Berland.