Did you know that your eating patterns & behaviours influence your mood?
There’s a reason our gut microbiome is our second brain.
Gut feelings are the perfect illustration of that connection – when you have a gut feeling, it’s legit the epitome of the fact that we can actually feel our emotions in the gut! Crazy, right?
Did you know that the gut is responsible for 90% of serotonin produced in our bodies? Serotonin is the feel good chemical & regulates mood, sleep, appetite digestion, memory & sexual drive.
Having a diversity of bacteria in the gut leads to improved health, but the worst part is that the traditional American diet is too high in refined & processed sugars & grains that lead to less microbial diversity in the gut, brain fog, less focus, less serotonin & LESS MENTAL STABILITY & CLARITY.
Our gut diversity is ever changing, so regardless of past food choices, you have the opportunity to reverse & improve your gut health to make it HAPPY!
How can you do that?
- Eat more fibre to feed the microbes – they eat the food we can’t digest ourselves & use it to help us digest food, fight disease & absorb nutrients.
- Eat more fruits & veggies – try planning 1-2 meals/week around veggies VS. protein,
- Make it easy so that the healthy choice becomes the easy one
- Fill 1/2 your plate with a rainbow of fruits and veggies
- Choose whole & even better, sprouted grains
- Eat more legumes and beans.
- Take your probiotics but EAT them too! They’re the good bacteria we all want more of & improve gut diversity to keep growing the ecosystem & replenish it with food bacteria. Probiotics improve gut health conditions, support immunity & PROTECT THE MIND & MENTAL HEALTH. Eat more kefir, some dairy products (choose grass fed and organic, if possible), tempeh, miso, kimchi, kraut, fermented veggies, sauerkraut, etc.
- Eat PREbiotic food to nourish the already healthy bacteria in the gut & keep it thriving & outnumbering the bad! Eat more apples, tigernuts, psyllium husks, artichokes & yacon syrup.
- Eat for your brain! Funny enough, the foods that are good for the brain also happen to be super rich in probiotics! Eat more whole grains, berries, nuts, seeds, green leafy veggies, omega-3 fatty acids, turmeric, dark chocolate & avoid refined food/sugar, trans fats, fried food & simple carbs!