Have you ever heard anyone call your gut your second brain? You might think this is because people tend to think with their stomach, but this phrase actually holds a lot of truth. After all, what happens in your gut, happens in your brain.
Understanding this connection can help you completely take back your physical and mental health. So, in this blog we are going to help you understand the gut-brain connection, why it matters, and what to do about it.
What is the Gut-Brain Connection?
Specifically speaking, the gut-brain axis is the connection between your gut (your stomach and small/large intestines) and your brain. There are millions and millions of nerves connecting the two, which means that everything that happens in one affects the other.
What is Gut Health and Why is it Important?
Gut health refers to the state of your gut. Do you suffer from leaky gut syndrome? Do you have a healthy amount of good bacteria?
Good gut health can lead to improved immune functioning, better heart and brain health, healthier digestion, and even a more stable mood.
Studies are even showing that bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other psychological disruptions may be caused by the overreaction of the immune system in response to an unhealthy gut biome. So, what does that mean?
It means that you can improve your mental health, brain development, memory, focus, etc. by improving your gut health.
Does Gut Bacteria Affect Mood?
Yes! Recent research has found that good gut bacteria can boost your mood and mental health. The studies found that those who suffered from depression were missing these major players in gut health.
As they dug deeper into why this was, they found that one of the main gut bacteria, Coprococcus, can lead to dopamine production. Dopamine is one of the happy hormones that help you feel pleasure. Without it, your mood and therefore mental state can be affected.
Research in this area is still new and there is a lot more to learn about the affects gut bacteria has on your mood!
What are the Worst Foods for Your Gut?
By this point, we hope you realize just how important it is to take care of your gut. When it comes to caring for it, the easiest thing you can do is avoid over-consumption of the following:
- Artificial sweeteners (YES this means all “diet” products)
- Food additives (including polysorbate 80)
- Carrageenan (found in cheeses, ice cream, alternative milks, etc.)
How Can I Improve My Gut Health?
The steps to better gut health are a lot easier than you think! You can heal your gut by:
- Eating 1 cup of green veggies at each meal
- Eating fermented foods (like Kimchi, Yogurt, and Sauer Kraut) every day
- Filling your diet with pre-biotic rich foods
- Taking a comprehensive probiotic
- Limiting antibiotics and sugar
Gut-Brain Experts Right Here in Fishers, IN!
At Brain Forest Centers, our founder Julie is an expert at helping clients achieve holistic health by healing their gut. Give us a call at (317) 288-9828 or visit our office at 9748 Lantern Road, Fishers, IN 46037 to schedule your FREE consultation!