Happy Gut = Happy You

Gut Health Yoga Southampton

by Charlotte Troester


Gut health isn’t the sexiest of subjects, but it’s one I’ve been exploring recently since my experience with nutrition has changed.


A book on the subject that I recommend is ‘The Clever Guts Diet’ by Dr. Michael Mosley. Here is what I have found out about Gut Health

Our intestines has a brain.

It contains over 100 million neurons, as many as you would find in the brain of a cat!

Wonder why you have ‘a gut instinct’?

It comes from this second brain which orchestrates digestion and moderates gut pain

One to two kilos of live creatures (microbes) live in our gut.

They make up what is known as our microbiome. We have over 50 trillion microbes in our gut, at least 1000 different species – a richer diversity of life than you’d find in a rainforest!

Here’s the part that I find most interesting when it comes to our microbiome and what these microbes do:

  • They help regulate our body weight.
  • They decide how much energy your body needs to extract from the food you eat.
  • They control hunger signals.
  • They help decide which foods you crave.
  • They determine how much your blood sugar spikes in response to a meal.
  • They teach and regulate our entire immune system.
  • Over the last half-century there has been a massive rise in allergic diseases (e.g. asthma, eczema) caused by an overactive immune system.
  • We have also seen an increase in autoimmune diseases (e.g. inflammatory bowel disease, type 1 diabetes), primarily caused by an immune system out of control.
  • Changing the mix of bacteria in your gut can reduce the impact of these diseases.
  • They create hormones and chemicals which affect your mood.
  • The microbiome does this by taking the bits of food our body can’t digest and converting them into hormones and chemicals.
  • This has implications on our mood, appetite and general health.
  • Changing your biome may reduce anxiety and lessen depression.
  • 80-95% of serotonin is created in our gut (depending on which source you are looking at). Serotonin is often called the ‘happiness hormone’.

You can see why I have become fascinated by the subject. The idea of healing the gut and therefore healing the body and mind has captivated me.

The reason for my interest in this subject began in January 2016 when I completed a 30 Days to Healthy Living and Beyond programme with Arbonne. I found myself losing bloating and excess weight, gaining more energy, clearer skin and better sleep but these were all results I was expecting. What surprised me was the incredible feeling of happiness that took over and for me this was the best result I could ask for (especially during a long, dark January!).

I am certainly no expert on the subject of gut health. I only speak from my personal experience which has then encouraged me to do my own research. The relation between gut health and happiness is fascinating and one I highly encourage you to explore.




Happiness is…

Yoga  Southampton Happinessby Charlotte Troester


My name is Charlotte and I am on a happiness journey! My mission is to live my best life possible and to help and inspire others to do the same.

There have been three pivotal turning points in my life so far. One was in 2010 when I took a year out with my partner to travel the world. We had saved enough not to have to work and visited 11 different countries in that year. Every morning we woke up and could decide what to do with the day, where to go, what to explore. Every day I woke up filled with excitement and every day I went to bed feeling inspired, having learnt something new, made a new connection and feeling happy.

The second was in 2013, when I found yoga. Yoga has introduced me to a whole new journey, one where I am learning to live in the moment, follow my passion, believe in myself and to have the courage to live the life I wish to lead. What started as a way to physically exercise myself has become so much more.

In 2015 yoga led me to assess my life and ask me what really made me happy. The answer was helping others and freedom and so I allowed myself to be open to opportunity. Shortly after this, I started my Arbonne business alongside my business development management job and a whole new journey began, one of personal development, continuous growth, new friendships and discovering a deepening passion for health and wellness.

In January 2017 I was made redundant from my job but as I already had my business in place, this became my full time passion. My business has given me the freedom and flexibility to delve deeper into self-care and what makes us happy as humans. I continue on this journey, helping as many people as I can in finding their true health and happiness and living their best life.

For each one of us happiness means something different. Happiness for me is starting my day off with purpose and positivity and I am so happy to share my routine with you. Here’s what works for me…

Wake up one hour earlier than I need to.

This is a shocker for some – I know it was for me when I first started! Now that I work from home for myself, I have flexibility, so I choose to get up at 6.30am as I like to start my work between 8am and 9am. However, when I was working in a job for someone else, I got up at 5.30am.

Why do I get up an hour earlier? So that I can start my day off right, and here’s what I do…


I start my day in silence. Meditation allows you to start the day in control and focused. It’s surprising how much it clears your mind and how many ideas and inspiration will come to you after giving your mind this space.


Positive words to yourself – they have been scientifically proven to rewire your brain. What you think about, you bring about. By telling yourself positive things in the morning, this raises the level of feel-good hormones and you will approach the day on a whole new energy level.


Be bold – picture your wildest dreams coming true! Or simply picture your day going as you would like it to. Visualising what you want to achieve is one of the most powerful things you can do to help you to actually make it happen.


I find this is the perfect time to do some yoga, even if it’s just five or ten minutes. Time spent first thing to stretch and breathe makes the world of difference to me, especially if I am going to be working at my desk that day. You might want to do this, or a few star-jumps or maybe bounce around the room to your favourite song!


Feeding your mind first thing with something inspiring and positive, or learning something new, will make you feel energised and alert. Reading is one of my favourite things to do, so how wonderful to wake up to this!


Write your worries, joys, fears, struggles, successes and set your intentions for the day – get it all down on paper and out of your head. I end my journaling with gratitude – 3 things that I am grateful for in that moment, whether that be my partner or the cup of herbal tea in front of me. Big or small, feeling grateful is one of the happiest states to be in.

Eat Healthy

There is an undeniable link between the food we eat and our happiness (more on this in a future blog…). Hormones and chemicals are created during the digestion process and what these are/how many of them there are depend on what it is we have eaten. I start my morning with a protein shake made of protein, healthy fats (nut butter/avocado/coconut oil, etc.), fibre, vegetables (kale/spinach/celery/beetroot, etc.) and berries.

Your morning routine doesn’t have to take as much time as I spend on mine. You could even do a six minute version! I recommend reading ‘The Miracle Morning’ by Hal Elrod if you’re looking for further inspiration and please do contact me if you want further recommendations on books or resources for any of the above. I would love to help!