free shipping on orders $99+! Join our mailing list for 10% OFF YOUR 1st PURCHASE.

free shipping on orders $99+! Join our mailing list for 10% OFF YOUR 1st PURCHASE.

How Practicing Gratitude This Holiday Season Can Help Your Gut Health

November 25, 2020

The benefits of gratitude range from your physical health, to your mental health, to relational health. Gratitude affects our brains – and our health – more powerfully than other types of positive emotions. 

Did you know? Positive emotions send strong signals to your gut microbiome, allowing the most beneficial bacteria to thrive!

Your second brain is directly connected by the “gut-brain axis” - a special communication system that runs, yes, you guessed it - between the gut and brain. The vagus nerve is essentially the main messaging pathway. And while a lot of recent research has focused on the bottom-up impact (how your gut microbiome affects your brain), the gut-brain axis is a two-way street. All of that makes sense when you think about things like emotional eating, gut feelings, and having those “butterflies”. 

How powerful is the thought that you can think and feel your way to a healthier gut?! Yes, you can change the makeup of your microbiome! For example:

  • Social stress can cause intestinal inflammation and affect both your ‘good’ & ‘harmful’ gut bacteria and how they behave. 
  • Depression can change the bacteria population and diversity in the gut microbiome. It will trigger your harmful bacteria to take the lead. 

So, it’s clear that your brain sends messages to your gut. And when you’re feeling happy and content - which comes with practicing gratitude and being grateful - your brain lets your gut know that everything is ok! It sends an “all is well” signal through the vagus nerve to your gut, allowing the beneficial bacteria (a.k.a. probiotics) in your microbiome to thrive, leaving less room for bad (pathogenic) bacteria…all leading to better gut health! 


  1. TAKE THE 7 DAY CHALLENGE Help your good bacteria thrive and boost your mood with our 7 Day Challenge pack of Just Add Water ® - full of probiotics, prebiotics, superfoods, power greens, and adaptogens. All the support for your body to function properly and fuel you with positive energy.  
  2. Practice Culinary Alchemy™ - putting gratitude and positive emotions into your food.  Learn more HERE
  4. The Gut-Brain Connection

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Also in Wellness & Nutrition

How 2020 Might Have Affected Your Gut Health &  How To Start 2021 Stronger
How 2020 Might Have Affected Your Gut Health & How To Start 2021 Stronger

December 11, 2020

Poor gut-health has been plaguing Americans for decades, but the stress, poor diet choices, lack of exercise, and illness in one year may have doubled the damage on our microbiomes. Here's how to improve your gut-health and reduce stress, support your immune system, improve your mood, balance your hormones, support brain health, and get better sleep.

View full article →

3 Surprising Things Weakening Your Gut Health
3 Surprising Things Weakening Your Gut Health

November 09, 2020

Despite the fact that you often cannot control many of these triggers, toxins, or need for helpful medications - being aware of the impact these three things can have on your gut health is vital. Attempt to reduce your exposure as often as possible to all 3, but also take action, be proactive in nourishing your good bacteria. Eat whole foods and also consider introducing a daily probiotic/prebiotic supplement like Just Add Water. 

View full article →

All The Best Fall Self-Care Tips
All The Best Fall Self-Care Tips

October 28, 2020

If you haven’t REALLY taken the time to embrace self-care in this difficult year, now is the perfect time. HERE is the round up of our favorite fall self-care tips on everything from nutrition, to mental health, to personal growth, to skin care! 

View full article →


Staying home and staying healthy with proper nutrition is essential. We hope to simplify your self-care efforts to stay safe with our superfood, gut-healing, immune system supporting packets.