06 Oct Mental Health & Gut Health
Did you know your gut has a direct effect on your mental health? It’s true — and the connection between mental health and gut health can go both ways. Troubled intestines signal the brain, just as a distressed mind sends signals to the gut since the brain and your GI system are so intimately connected. If you’re feeling extra stressed out or anxious, paying attention to your gut health may be key to a clear, calm mind.
The healthy function of the gut is closely interconnected with the central nervous system. “Hormones, neurotransmitters and immunological factors released from the gut are known to send signals to the brain either directly or via autonomic neurons… the idea that the gut-brain-axis (GBA) extends even beyond these two systems into the endocrine, neural, and immune pathways,” states studies from the National Library of Medicine.
3 Tips to Support Healthy Mind & Gut
- Fiber-Rich Foods (ex: broccoli, avocado, and berries) and foods high in omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, mackerel, and flax seeds) to help aid digestion and reduce inflammation.
- Probiotics like apple cider vinegar, kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi balance the good bacteria in your gut.
- Herbal Tisanes such as Digest Herbal Tea, can improve digestive function. Carminative herbs such as ginger, fennel, and peppermint help warm up the digestive tract, reduce gas, and support the digestion process from start to finish.