- Gut wrenching
- Butterflies in your stomach
- Trust your gut
The gut/brain connection is more than a few phrases.
- Secreting substances that can travel directly to the brain through the blood.
- Stimulating the vagus nerve which connects directly to the brain.
- Activating cells in the gut lining that send hormones throughout the body.
- Influencing immune cells and inflammation which can affect brain function
- Producing neurochemicals that regulate mental processes such as learning, memory and mood including about 90% of the mood enhancing neurochemical serotonin!
- Eat unprocessed whole foods without hidden chemicals or sugars
- Eat a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and grains – they contain the fibre that help to feed the good bacteria.
- Limit caffeine and alcohol as they can both irritate the gut lining.
- Enjoy fermented foods daily to help replenish the good bacteria.
This is not, as I’m sure you’re aware, a complete gut healing protocol, but it’s a good place to start.
Where are you at with your ‘healing’ journey? Keep in mind that making lifestyle changes is a marathon – it’s not a race. Remember to be gentle with yourself and celebrate where you’re at – knowing that it’s not about being ‘perfect’ and more about simply being ‘on’ the path – learning more and doing more for your health…