The gut-brain connection: is your brain functioning optimally?

Habits to Healthy Blog Post 28

Have you heard of the gut-brain connection? There’s 2,500+ search results on PubMed for gut-brain axis studies published in the last decade. And there’s more being published every day.

About 90% of serotonin is produced in the gut. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that modulate mood, behavior, cognition, learning, and memory.

WHAT’S A MICROBIOTA
It’s the trillions of microorganisms withIN and ON our body. YES, that’s correct. We have more microbes IN and ON our body than we do of our own human cells. There’s actually a distinct microbiome in almost every niche of the human body. Talk about a diverse ecosystem!

GUT+BRAIN COMMUNICATION
How does our gut and brain communicate? It’s a complex network of systems but basically, messages are sent via:
– immune system
– tryptophan metabolism
– vagus nerve and the enteric nervous system
– microbial metabolites (fatty acids, amino acids, peptidoglycans)

MOST RECENT STUDIES
have linked microbiota (and gut dysbiosis) to mental health illness such as:
– depressive disorders
– anxiety
– autism
– schizophrenia
– Parkinson’s disease

H E A L T H Y   H A B I T S
With each meal, or anything that enters our mouth, we are choosing to either feed the good microbes or the bad. Optimal health is about keeping our ecosystem happy and BALANCED.

FEED THE GOOD
microbes that produce serotonin, dopamine, and beneficial microbial metabolites. These good guys love real, whole foods… especially plants. The more veggies, the better. More good guys means there’s less room for the bad guys.

REDUCE THE BAD
microbes that set off our immune system, produce harmful and inflammatory metabolites, and are pathogenic aka looking for opportunity to overgrow and cause infection.

Limit refined carbs such as pasta, bread, tortilla, cereal, pastries, anything with flour or gluten. Those feed the bad like adding fuel to a 🔥.

Ditch processed foods because all of the chemical additives DISRUPT our happy ecosystem. It literally starves out the good microbes and feeds the bad ones. If you have to buy processed foods, read the ingredients and avoid ones with all the CRAP like artificial food coloring, artificial or natural flavors, sugar, sweeteners, gums, preservatives, and inflammatory oils.

If we know better, we do better. We got this you guys!

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