The gut has been labeled the body’s second brain, and there is a simple truth to this definition. The more research sheds light on the human gut; the more doctors are learning that there is a deep connection between the gut and the brain and that we are only as healthy as our guts are. This is revolutionizing modern medicine’s understanding of the links between an individual’s digestion, mood, health and thought processes.
Together, “our two brains” play a key role in either preventing or abetting certain diseases in our bodies and thus play a huge role in our overall health.
The implications of this are clear. The gut and brain are significantly connected. To maintain overall health, we need to pay attention to how we treat both brains. Most of us take great care of our real brain but neglect to dedicate the same level of care to our second brain, and this comes with disastrous results.
To stay healthy physically, emotionally and psychologically, we need to pay attention to how we treat our gut. This shouldn’t be so hard, and it isn’t. To begin on the journey to a healthy gut, you need to make simple lifestyle changes, and these changes (when maintained) have the power to transform your body into a self-healing machine.
Here Are Some Tips For Having a Stronger Gut and Brain Connection
- Reduce processed foods Intake: When your main diet consists mainly of refined and processed foods, you are more susceptible to developing a host of health problems such as type 2 diabetes and migraines. If you are living on cakes, white bread, chips, donuts and all other kinds of food processed from white flour (like most Americans do), you are not taking care of your gut as you should.
- Eat More Fiber: To live a healthier life, you will need to increase your fiber intake. Because fiber cannot be broken down by the body, it becomes a feeding feast for intestinal bacteria. These intestinal bacteria produce butyrate, a short chain fatty acid that helps to improve the function of the digestive tract. Butyrate also protects and enhances brain function.
- Load up on probiotics: For clarity, probiotics are defined as good bacteria that line the human gut and that are responsible for nutrient absorption and for supporting the immune system. They have also have been found to reduce anxiety and depression, and help produce serotonin in the gut, which has protective effects against irritable bowel syndrome, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular disease. It makes sense then to replace processed foods with probiotic-rich foods such as yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, tempeh, kimchi, miso, kombucha, and
- Take Enough Folate and Vitamin B12: Folate and Vitamin B12 are produced by the gut microbiome, but it is yet unclear how much of these vitamins are actually made and absorbed by the body. This is why it is best to consume animal products like pasture-raised eggs for Vitamin B12 and lots of organic dark leafy green vegetables for folate. These vitamins are essential for brain health, nervous system function, and overall health, and also help to prevent heart disease and depression.
- Limit your intake of gluten: Most of the time, limiting your intake of gluten will have a positive effect on your gut microbiome.
- Go for healthy fats: Necessary for brain development, healthy fats also protect the human cells from damage and help to improve memory and cognitive function. Examples are olive oil and avocados. Make sure to stock up on them.
- Use herbs and spices to help the healing process: There are many herbs and spices that can be eaten or used topically for healing. These natural foods improve heart health, reduce inflammations and boost the immune system. Examples are chamomile, anise, Aloe Vera, bay leaf, black currant, cilantro, and hyssop.
- http://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com/ the-gut-brain-connection-how-it-affects-your-life