Did you know? Despite the common belief that the brain is the organ in charge, your gut actually sends far more information to your brain than your brain sends to your gut. The ancient belief that all health begins in the gut has sparked enough interest that caused some mainstream medical researchers to seriously look into intestinal flora’s true health effects beyond digestion.
Your Gut Bacteria Affects Your Brain Function. How to Optimize Your Gut Flora
Research has confirmed a strong connection between the makeup of our gut flora and the functioning of the immune, nervous and endocrine (hormonal) systems. Some research has suggested that bacteria may release signaling molecules that affect the activity of the vagus nerve, which runs from the gut to the base of the brain. Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, Dyspraxia, A.D.D., Dyslexia, A.D.H.D., Depression, Schizophrenia As reported by UCLA:
“Researchers have known that the brain sends signals to your gut, which is why stress and other emotions can contribute to gastrointestinal symptoms. This study shows what has been suspected but until now had been proved only in animal studies: that signals travel the opposite way as well.
‘Time and time again, we hear from patients that they never felt depressed or anxious until they started experiencing problems with their gut,’ [Dr. Kirsten] Tillisch said. ‘Our study shows that the gut–brain connection is a two-way street.’”
5 Compelling Reasons to Include Fermented Foods In Your Diet
- They restore a proper balance of bacteria in the intestine and can be useful in facilitating and reducing disease, such as, lactose intolerance, asthma, allergies, fungal infection, constipation and irritable bowel syndrome.
- Healthy food, rich in digestive enzymes, increases the number of antibodies which fight infection and help to reinforce the immune system.
- The abundance of digestive enzymes contributes to the processing of food in the body and the proper absorption of nutrients derived from food.
- Such products enriched with vitamins, contributes to the development of additional nutrients like omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids.
- High concentration of antioxidants allows you to withdraw free radicals from the body.
How to Optimize Your Gut Flora
- Avoid processed, refined foods in your diet.
- Eat fermented, unpasteurized foods:
Yoghurt Kefir Kimchi – fermented Chinese cabbage; Sour kraut. Can be bought in the store or prepared at home. Apple cider vinegar. Can be added to homemade sauces, marinades. Kombucha Kvas. It is a living fermentation. It contains high levels of enzymes and is enriched with vitamins. Overall, you can ferment any vegetables you want. The process is not hard at all once you get a good grip on it. Making your own homemade fermented products is easy and a much healthier alternative to store bought foods. By adding fermented products to your daily diet, you will improve digestion, increase immunity and get rid of toxins.
Real Food Fermentation: Preserving Whole Fresh Food with Live Cultures in Your Home Kitchen reference: https://ucsf.box.com [PDF] http://www.ucsf.edu Article originally published on LivingTraditionally.com republished with permission