Gut bacteria, defenders of the body and mind!
I attended a food conference earlier this year that included a presentation on the importance of gut health, with the focus on the impact of neglecting our friendly bacteria and encouraging bad bacteria by eating too much processed foods.
Multiple studies have shown diets high in refined sugars are bad for the brain, promoting inflammation and oxidative stress. There is also a correlation between high sugar diets and mood disorders, such as depression. Studies have shown people who consume a Mediterranean diet, or a traditional Japanese diet have a 25%-35% lower risk of suffering from depression.
A daily probiotic can help – think kefir, homemade sauerkraut, kimchi or kombucha tea to help boost the numbers of “friendly” bacteria in our gut, so they can boost our health and brain function as they provide a barrier against toxins and “bad” bacteria.
What’s even better is a diet of good quality food that includes vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. This means fruit, vegetables, legumes, fish, lean protein and prebiotics, to help feed the probiotics. By avoiding highly processed products and instead rewarding our body and mind with real foods we can surprise ourselves by the difference.
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