Ever “gone with your gut” to make a decision or felt butterflies in your stomach when nervous? Your gut may be smarter than you thought; scientists now think of it as the “second brain.” Although the gut won’t raise your IQ, it does influence your mood, emotions, immune system, and long-term health. In fact, Gut bacteria manufacture about 95% of the body’s supply of serotonin – a hormone that influences your mood.
Specifically, the bacteria in your gut have a significant influence on your brain. Your gut is basically its own ecosystem (gut microbiome) and is made up of living organisms (microbiota). Just like any ecosystem, they function best when balanced and free of toxins.
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Therefore, making an effort to keep your gut bacteria healthy will improve your mind and body. How do you do that? Simply, by eating the right kinds of foods.
There are two key strategies to nourish and protect your microbiome.
First, limit your consumption of antibiotics and be aware of the foods you eat. Ideally, opt for whole, raw organic, non-genetically modified foods, along with traditionally fermented and cultured foods. Good examples include fermented vegetables and foods rich in fiber.
Second, try to reduce the amount of animal fat in your diet. Frequent consumption of animal fat is directly linked to the expansion of your waistline but also has negative effects on your brain. If we consume a lot of animal fat, our gut microbial are continuously signaling this animal fat intake to the brain which sets up a dangerous cycle of poor eating habits that interfere with your brain’s health and clarity.