Those butterflies in your stomach are one indication how your GUT can affect your mood and behaviour. Roughly 90% of serotonin, your happiness neurotransmitter, is housed and stored in the gut. Who knew the gut was the home of ‘happy’! Studies have also shown that bacteria taken from the gut of obese mice and transplanted into healthy mice changed their behaviour and made them obese. Perhaps we have been ignorant of the key to good health for too long.
So how important is your gut? Your gut is home to trillions of microorganisms that work in a symbiotic relationship with our us. Your body isn't just you! They get fed by us whether we realize it or not. Meanwhile they are working for us by influencing our health and wellbeing. They aid digestion and help with the absorption of our nutrients.
Gut bugs are involved in many other important processes that extend beyond your gut too - they affect your metabolism, body weight, and immune regulation, as well as your brain functions and mood. Your gut also creates the essential trophic factors for your brain to be able to adapt, change and grow. Changes to the microbiome - from chronic inflammation, stress, antibiotics, high sugar intake, or high toxic load from food and environment has been shown to negatively impact the brain.
We need to be paying attention to how we feed our gut ‘biome’ if we want good health. The vital gut-brain connection is the latest, most misunderstood phenomenon since the discovery of penicillin and it’s exciting how much you can take control back for your own health.
So let’s pay attention to what we put in our mouths - we can either feed the healthy gut bacteria or starve them allowing bad bugs to thrive. Our best choice of food could help our gut fight disease, assist our brain performance and boost our mood.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” Hippocrates
I’m going to share 4 days of tips from @theguthealthmd on how to improve your gut health.
Day 1: There are 250-300,000 edible plants but we generally only stick to a diet of a handful. Not all fibre is the same and they feed different healthy gut bacteria. By eating more diversity of plant foods you can change your biome in days. Aim for regularly eating from a diversity of plants 30+. The fibre is changed by your gut biome into short chain fatty acids which:
*produces energy for your gut bacteria *communicates with your immune system *lowers cholesterol
*prevents colon cancer
If a plant based diet is new to you, Challenge 1 - start with 1 plant based meal a week Challenge 2 - find a new vege, fruit, nut you’ve never tried before.
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