Do you know the twisting feeling in your stomach before a big meeting or presentation? Or the feeling of butterflies in your stomach on a first date?
This is part of the brain-gut connection, responsible for communication between your brain and your enteric nervous system (ENS).
How Does the Brain-Gut Connection Work?
The ENS is responsible for the movement in your gastrointestinal, releasing gastric acid for digestion, blood flow and the release of gut hormones to regulate your appetite.
This connection means emotional experiences can register as gastrointestinal distress. When you feel anxious or nervous, this may feel like nausea or a twisting and turning sensation in your stomach.
The communication is bidirectional. The microbiome creates neurotransmitters or chemical messengers that your blood carries to your brain and your brain can send messages to your gut to speed it up or change the microbiome.
These neurotransmitters regulate movement, motivation, emotions, and even the production of the feel-good hormone serotonin.
When people talk about the imbalance of neurotransmitters and hormones, it begins in your gut, which means your microbiome can affect your mood and brain chemistry.
As a result, an unhealthy gut, also known as dysbiosis, can result in GI issues and disorders such as:
●Irritable Bowel Syndrome
●Loss of appetite
Additionally, studies show that the imbalance of microbiomes or gut dysbiosis is linked to depression and anxiety and mental disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Bipolar disorder, Dementia and Parkinson’s disease.
The good news is that healthy eating is a preventive strategy that can contribute tooverall emotional and mental wellness.
Is the Brain-Gut Connection Related to Comfort Food?
You may be wondering why processed foods high in salt and sugar, like waffles with maple syrup or a fried burger with an extra helping of fries, tend to be what feels most comforting when you feel stressed or sad.
That’s because your comfort foods are related to your brain-gut connection.
The good thing is you can still feel comfort from healthier foods and train your body to want food with less sugar, salt and unhealthy fats.
What Strategies Can You Use To Improve Your Microbiome?
A healthy gut regulates your mood, protects your brain, improves symptoms of depression and anxiety and improves cognitive function.
Follow a diet incorporating healing foods, prebiotics and probiotic supplements to heal your microbiome and improve your mental health.
Take Probiotics and Prebiotics
Probiotic supplements help restore your gut balance by adding good bacteria to your microbiome. You will find that some are targeted for specific conditions, so you can choose a supplement based on the benefits.
Prebiotics are high-fiber foods that feed the good bacteria in your gut to maintain a healthy microbiome.
Improve Emotional and Mental Wellbeing Through Your Diet
The brain-gut connection is a complex communication system that affects physical and psychological health. P
rioritizing healthy foods that support your microbiome will improve your wellbeing, so it’s essential to focus on creating a nutrient-dense and anti-inflammatory diet high in fiber and low in processed foods, unhealthy fats and sugar.
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