Gut health and brain health
Did you know that your gut health is directly related to your brain health?
Yes! That’s right, this connection is so important because what goes on in your intestines dictates your daily brain function; from immunity to detoxification, nutrient absorption to your mood, energy and concentration levels.
Billions have been spent on research in this field and many neurologists have confirmed their belief that anti-depressants actually work less effectively to restore the happiness molecule – serotonin – than real dietary changes which positively affect the gut.
There are also several brain health issues which are directly related to how you treat your gut, for example the more stressed you get, the more likely you are to get gut issues like IBS.
It also works the other way; an unhappy gut is the root cause of many problems such as anxiety, obesity, depression and long-term brain health.
Your gut also regulates how clear your skin is and the quality of your sleep. Constipation, bloating, nausea, and heartburn are classic symptoms of problems in the gut.
As everything is interlinked, the best way to heal your mind is through your and gut and vice versa. The first step is always to think positively to improve your emotional health by knowing that you can improve your gut health for the better.
I wanted to make your gut-health journey easier and also fun for you.
I promise, that once you start to experience the wonderful feeling that comes from a well looked after mind, you will automatically want to take care of your gut. Please see my concise list for a happy gut below!
Support a healthy gut environment by:
– Eating fibre-rich foods and plenty of greens /vegetables/non-refined grains
– Please remember to take probiotics to help the good bacteria in your gut
– Cut down on sugar and if you do need a sweeter taste, aim for natural alternatives
– Cut down on processed foods
– Avoid snacking or overeating
– Do not skip meals either! Your body needs its nutrients
– Exercise regularly and try different ways to keep yourself active, from yoga to cardio, weight-training to swimming!
– Try and stay away from too much dairy
– Control your gluten levels
– Eat quality protein
– Keep yourself hydrated, I love infused waters, green tea and green juices
– Go easy on the caffeine, if you are going to have coffee, have 1-2 cups max
– Add fermented foods such as kefir, kombucha, yoghurt, lassi, miso soup and kimchi to your diet.