Fermenting is one of the biggest food trends around and for good reason. The root of all health begins in the gut and as Hippocrates once stated ‘all disease begins in the gut.’ A study published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity suggests that taking a probiotic supplement may in fact help improve mood by influencing the gut-brain axis. There is also research to suggest that the microbes in our guts have their own circadian rhythm and that by eating irregularly or too late at night can upset your army of good bacteria. Many of us don’t consume enough fermented foods in our diet to support a healthy micro biome and as a consequence are suffering from symptoms such as poor digestion, low energy, and low mood. Your gut microbiota consists of microorganisms known as probiotics which live in the intestines and can be easily upset by common lifestyle factors such as stress, low fiber diets, antibiotics, and not spending enough time outside connecting with nature. We are now reestablishing our relationship with our microbiome and acknowledging that it is a symbiotic relationship rather than a parasitic one. The microbes in our guts perform many jobs that help us. Our gut bacteria control the way we think and feel, our metabolism, our sleep, and our immunity. To uphold this relationship we must include fermented foods in our diet such as kimchi, kombucha, kefir, miso which contain good levels of healthy bacteria-probiotics. In return they will support digestion, immune function, aid nutrient metabolism, synthesise nutrients such as serotonin which is the feel good hormone, and prevent pathogenic bacteria from colonising. we can also support our gut bacteria buy consuming prebiotic rich foods such as onions, garlic, artichoke, chicory, banana, cold potato. These foods provide food and nutrients to our probiotics and help to keep the healthy microbiome thriving. Everything we eat influences our microbes, our brain function, our
emotions, and our immune function, so we need a healthy gut microbiome to support optimal wellbeing. Do you have a good gut feeling? Nutritional Therapy can help to restore microbial balance by making the right food choices.
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Reference: L STEENBERGEN et al, A randomized controlled trial to test the effect of multispecies probiotics on cognitive reactivity to sad mood, Brain, Behaviour & Immunity,2015, Vol 48, p 258-264.