Your Gut Has A Relationship With Your Brain - Here’s Why (1/2)
New research is shedding light on how important the good & bad bacteria in your gut can be for mood & brain health (either positive or negative). If your good microflora are plentiful research indicates they can amp up your good mood hormone release (primarily serotonin & dopamine), stimulate immune function, increase uptake of critical nutrients and more.
If your bad bacteria out number the good ones, they can pave the way to mild depression or severe conditions such as autism, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, schizophrenia, dementia. It all comes down to a simple statement: “the bacterial diversity in your gut, plays a role in brain health”.
You can think of it as a minute by minute tug of war between superheroes & villains: the superheroes are the good microbiome bacteria that help you regulate brain functions, digestive control, fat storage, and hundreds of processes we have yet to discover.
While the villains are the bad bacteria who interfere with healthy brain electrical activity, which can lead to degenerative diseases and brain tissue injury.
As explained in a previous post, the food we eat plays a crucial role in determining which bacteria rule our gut. Since vegetable fiber is the perfect food for your good bacteria to thrive, help your superheroes and eat your fiber-loaded veggies (and nuts)!
PD: We will be releasing a part II of this blog post in order to bring more detail into what specific foods can provide us with the necessary compounds for brain health optimization. So stay tuned with VegReady!