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Mental Health: The Butterfly Effect

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May is Mental Health Month! Join us as we explore a fascinating area of wellness that is gaining increasing attention—gut health. Yes, you read that right! The road to a calmer, more focused mind is through your stomach. Who knew? (We did! 🤓)

Today, we’ll take a closer look at how just better.® Prebiotic Fiber nurtures your gut, setting the tone for a more balanced mood. 

The Butterfly Effect: Gut-Brain Axis 

Our gut is often called the "second brain," for good reason. The gut communicates directly with our brain through what's known as the gut-brain axis. This vital connection sends signals both ways with the help of millions of nerve endings and an array of neurotransmitters produced right in your digestive system.

Mood Regulation: Ever felt "butterflies" in your stomach? That's the gut-brain axis at work! Serotonin, a key neurotransmitter that stabilizes our mood, feelings of well-being, and happiness, is predominantly produced in the gut. 🤔 No wonder what we eat can directly affect mood!

Stress Reduction: Chronic stress can be a real party pooper, but did you know your gut health plays a role in managing stress? A well-nourished gut can significantly buffer the effects of stress on your body, promoting a calmer, more relaxed state of mind. 

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The Science Behind It

Recent scientific advances have shed new light on how intimately our gut health is connected to our mental well-being. This relationship hinges on several key biological processes and elements:

Neurotransmitters: The gut produces a vast array of neurotransmitters, including serotonin, dopamine, and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). Serotonin, often referred to as the 'feel-good' neurotransmitter, is predominantly produced in the gut—about 95% of it. These neurotransmitters play a crucial role in regulating mood and are essential for feelings of happiness and well-being.

Vagus Nerve: The vagus nerve is one of the biggest nerves connecting your gut and brain. It sends signals in both directions. When the gut flora is balanced and healthy, the signals sent to the brain have a positive effect on your mood and emotional health.

Inflammatory Responses: The gut microbiome also plays a role in the body’s immune response and inflammation levels. An imbalance in gut bacteria can lead to increased systemic inflammation, which is associated with several mood disorders, including depression and anxiety. By fostering a healthy gut environment, you can help reduce inflammation and potentially decrease the occurrence of mood swings.

Stress Hormones: The gut microbiome can influence the body's response to stress by affecting how stress hormones, like cortisol, are regulated. A healthy gut can better manage the secretion and regulation of these hormones, leading to improved stress responses and better overall mental health.

By understanding the basic science behind the gut-brain axis, we can appreciate the powerful impact that nurturing our gut health has on our mental state. A fiber-rich lifestyle maintains this crucial balance. 

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Enter Prebiotic Fiber: Your Gut's Best Friend

Not all fibers are created equal. just better.® Prebiotic Fiber is 100% non-GMO soluble corn fiber, which nourishes the good bacteria in your gut. 

Here’s how it ties into mental health:

Feeds Good Bacteria: Prebiotics are what fertilize your gut’s garden; they help the healthy, good bacteria flourish. This improved gut flora is linked to better mood and reduced anxiety.

Enhances Nutrient Absorption: By improving your gut health, prebiotics help your body optimize the absorption of nutrients that are crucial for brain function, including magnesium and zinc.

just better.® and Your Mental Health

Adding just better.® Prebiotic Fiber to your wellness routine is a game-changer; here’s why:

Simplicity and Versatility: just better.® Prebiotic Fiber dissolves completely in any food or drink, making it a hassle-free addition to your diet. Zero grit! 

JBB Tip: Use it for meal prep! just better.® Fiber does not lose its potency when prepped ahead of time. Mix just better.® into any drink to increase its fiber content. Fiber up!

No Unwanted Extras: just better.® has one single ingredient: non-GMO soluble corn fiber. That’s it! There are no additives, sugars, or fillers. 

Happy Belly: Enjoy the benefits of living fiber-rich without the worry of embarrassing gas or uncomfortable bloating. Just gentle, wholesome goodness. Ahhhh! 🥰 

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Action Tips: Boost Your Mood with Fiber

Ready to transform your mood through gut health? Here are some simple ways to incorporate just better.® Prebiotic Fiber into your daily routine:

  • Morning Boost: Stir it into your morning coffee, tea, or smoothie. Add a dash to your oats, scrambled eggs, or cereal! 
  • Midday Munch: Mix it into your yogurt, soup, sandwich spread, or salad dressing for a fulfilling lunch that keeps you feeling satisfied for longer!

  • Evening Wind Down: Blend it into your nighttime warm beverage for a soothing end to your day and more restful, high-quality sleep! 

JBB Tip: Add just better.® Prebiotic Fiber to your evening beverage before bed, to improve your sleep. (We recommend herbal tea!) Often, sleep disruption is due to a sudden blood sugar crash.  Taking just better.® Fiber with your evening meal or tea will help stabilize your blood sugars while you sleep. 😴


The connection between gut health and mental health is profound. So add a scoop or stick pack of just better.® Prebiotic Fiber to your self-care routine and feel the benefits inside and out! Remember, when your gut is happy, your mind is too! 

Engage with Us!

Your journey to better health is all the more enriching when shared. We love hearing from you! Share your creative ways of using just better.® Prebiotic Fiber and how it has impacted your mood and health. Email us and connect with us on social media! (Details below!) Together, let’s build a vibrant, gut-healthy community! 

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