🧠 Happy Gut Happy Mind 😃

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We have heard the sayings ‘gut instinct’, ‘gut feeling’ or ‘gut reaction’, but have you ever really considered just HOW strong a relationship there is between the health of our gut and our mind. 🤯

🧠 Our gut and our brains are connected by a nerve. The nervous system is directly related to the trillions (yes, really!) of microbes that live in the gut. 💪🏼

Gut bacteria produce many neurotransmitters such as dopamine, norepinephrine and acetylcholine, which are critical for mood, anxiety, concentration, reward, and motivation. 🧐 The gut microbiome therefore, can cause changes in how our brain reacts.

👩🏻‍🔬 A lot of research has gone into studying the symptoms of depression and anxiety with poor gut health. More than 1/3 of depression sufferers have a ‘leaky gut’ that allows bacterium to seep out into the bloodstream. For anxiety sufferers, studies reveal that taking prebiotics can have anti-anxiety effects as it helps the brain responds positively to the environment. 🧠 Ongoing research is taking place for those suffering with autism, dementia and Parkinson’s.
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Here are a few suggestions for you to try out, for a healthier gut and improved mood;
Eat whole foods - avoid packaged or processed foods, as they are high in additives that disrupt the healthy bacteria. Increase your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables and choose organic where possible

Eat more fibre, including whole grains and legumes

Include probiotic-rich foods such as plain yogurt

Sugar feeds inflammation. At breakfast, replace sugar with cinnamon

Adding fermented foods such as kombucha, sauerkraut, or kimchi is a helpful way to maintain a healthy gut

Eat oily fish, lean poultry, and less red meat each week.

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