Did you know that there is a connection between your gut health and your brain? It’s true! Several studies show that if you control the bacterial growth in your gut it can actually help improve and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety as well as stress.
What’s the connection?
If there is an unhealthy number of bacteria in your gut it can cause several diseases. A healthy gut is important to both your skin, your mood, and your wellbeing. Did you know that 99% of your happy hormones are produced in your gut?
When you are depressed or stressed, inflammation will occur in your gut and this will affect your sleep, your mood, and your mental health eventually if you don’t take care of it.
I recommend reading the book called “The Mind-Gut Connection: How the Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices, and Our Overall Health“ by Emeran Mayer.
This book explains the connection between our gut and our brain and also why a healthy diet (it focuses on a plant-based diet) is essential to our gut-brain connection.
What can you do?
Problems like bloating, diarrhea or constipation is your guts way of telling you, that you have unbalanced gut health. Constipation means that your body’s waste will remain in your bloodstream.
Your body is actually pretty wise. It knows that your waste products need to leave your body, but if you are experiencing constipation, your body can’t excrete this normally and it can then show as pimples on your skin.
It is important to maintain a strong balance in favor of beneficial bacteria in your gut. As I have mentioned in a different blog post, eating a healthy and well-balanced diet is one way to help restore your guts balance.
A healthy diet should also include probiotic and prebiotic ingredients that will support your gut health. Probiotics and prebiotics contain live beneficial bacteria and also specific types of fiber that are important for the growth of probiotic bacteria.
Avoid junk food and fast food
Our gut is not built for the typical fast food and junk food of today’s world. A lot of fast food and junk food contain refined salt and sugar, broken fats, preservatives, colorants and missing fibers which is not good for our gut.
Avoiding fast food and junk food on a daily basis will definitely improve your gut health, but there are also certain foods that are good for your gut. They contain certain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants your gut loves. Antioxidants especially can be found in vegetables, herbs, berries, and fruit.
Eating colorful foods is a good way to ensure healthy vitamins, minerals, and herbs. Eat green colors like peas, kale and cucumber, red colors like bell peppers, beets and strawberries and orange colors like carrots and sweet potatoes.
It is also best to buy organic meets as non-organic meets contain pesticide residues, growth hormones, and drug residues. None of these are good for our gut health. Eating proteins daily is important for your gut, but you don’t necessarily have to get the proteins from meat. You can also get proteins from:
- Hemp seeds
- Bee pollen
- Organic eggs
Eat prebiotic fiber
If you want to improve your gut health, you can include more of the following prebiotic foods in your diet:
- Whole grain
Supplements to your gut health
It’s not always enough to keep a healthy diet in order to maintain a healthy gut. Sometimes, we need to support our mental health with supplements. All-natural, of course. No nasty side effects from these ones, I promise.
What you can do is start taking probiotics, which are good bacteria your gut needs in order to stay healthy. Yes, your body actually needs some bacteria, the good kind.
Taking probiotics has shown to promote overall better mental health by relieving symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress, etc. They also help to lower the number of bad bacteria in your gut that can cause illness or inflammation.
I personally take and recommend these probiotics:
Do you take care of your gut health? How do you do it? I would love to hear your experience…