Because our skull brain and gut/second brain are so chummy, you need to take good care of your “gut health” in order to take good care of your brain’s health.
A recent study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital discovered many interconnections between gut bacteria and brain inflammation. If you’ve ever noticed that after a huge meal your brain feels foggy, that’s because of the interconnections between your gut and brain. In fact, gut health is now being linked to mental issues including dementia, thought clarity, and mood.
Research has shown that serotonin (aka The Happy Hormone) has its highest concentrations in the gut. Meaning? A powerful way to elevate your mood, is to make sure you get your gut happy!
GOOD FOOD SOURCES: Live cultured yogurt and miso soup are big on the list. So are our fermented friends Kombucha, sauerkraut and kefir. Also garlic, onions, sprouted-grain breads, avocado and peas are each considered good prebiotic rich foods.
2. Make sure you have a healthy acid-alkaline balance. Cut back on red meat, processed foods and cheese – and increase your veggie intake.
GOOD FOOD SOURCES: Leafy greens, root vegetables (especially radishes), broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and even some peppers, such as cayenne! Also, although fresh lemons and raw organic apple cider vinegar might seem acidic, they help you become beautifully alkaline. Mix these into a glass of water and drink in the morning.
3. Watch your blood sugar levels. When they get high, they increase inflammatory chemicals in your gut which then leads to brain decline. (Click here for more about the dangers of sugar and how to stop sugar addiction.)
Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.