Over the last three years, I’ve been reading more about the gut-brain connection, and the role it plays in our mental health. I find this newish research fascinating.
You know how you sometimes feel like you have to “go with your gut” or you feel “butterflies” in your stomach when you’re nervous? Scientists say that happens when we get signals from our gut, our so-called “second brain.” This connection is helping them understand the links between our digestion, mood, autoimmune disorders, and even the way we think. The research has been looking at the trillions of bacteria and microorganisms that live in the intestine, and how keeping them healthy can keep us healthy mentally and physically.
So, how do we keep our gut healthy? Eating a balanced and nutritious diet is the most important thing you can do. You should also makes sure to incorporate prebiotics and probiotics in your diet. High-fiber foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are good sources of prebiotics; probiotics are found in many fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, and kombucha. You can also take a probiotic supplement to help grow that good gut bacteria.
I do pretty well with prebiotics in my diet, and I’ve been taking a probiotic for the past three years, but… I definitely need to work on eating more foods with probiotics. How about you – do you pay attention to the prebiotics and probiotics in your diet?
If you want to learn more about the gut-brain connection, check out the info from my partner, Mental Health America.