Go with your gut! Recent research is finding a direct correlation between our gut and our brain. Some doctors refer to the gut as “the second brain” because of its strong influence on mental abilities.
An article from John Hopkins Medicine goes in to more detail about the gut brain connection and the “little brain” hidden in your gut!
“Scientists call this little brain the enteric nervous system (ENS). And it’s not so little. The ENS is two thin layers of more than 100 million nerve cells lining your gastrointestinal tract from esophagus to rectum.” You have a brain in your gut!
Another article goes in depth into the bidirectional system between the gut and the brain.
“Recent neurobiological insights into this gut–brain crosstalk have revealed a complex, bidirectional communication system that not only assures proper maintenance of gastrointestinal homeostasis and digestion but is likely to have multiple effects on affect, motivation and higher cognitive functions.”
Gut health has never been more important, especially today when pesticides and pollution are near impossible to avoid. You are being hit by gut disrupting chemicals everyday and you need to take the proper steps to ensure your gut is happy and healthy!
Good health requires a whole body approach. If you picture your health as a pyramid your gut is the base. Without a strong base, you will not reach your health goals.
Here are 6 my tips for maintaining/building a healthy gut!
- Avoid processed food and sugar
- Use antibiotics only when absolutely necessary
- Eat foods that contain prebiotics
- Include plenty of fermented foods in your diet
- Take a probiotic supplement
- Wash your fruits and veggies
Over the next few posts I am going to go into more detail on each of these tips. You will also get to read a guest post from Katelyn Dyck! Stay tuned!