Gut and Brain Connection - How is our gut linked to our brain ?
Written By Apala Guha | 3 MIN READ
Gut health affects mental health - Our brain is clearly connected to our gut, as many people experience physical gut symptoms when they feel stressed or anxious.
Based on recent researches at Harvard Medical School we focus on how there are many consequences and correlations between not only what you eat, how you feel, and how you ultimately behave, but also the kinds of bacteria that live in your gut.
“Research shows that the gut and brain are connected, a partnership called the gut-brain axis. The two are linked through biochemical signalling between the nervous system in the digestive tract, called the enteric nervous system, and the central nervous system, which includes the brain. The primary information connection between the brain and gut is the vagus nerve, the longest nerve in the body”
Here at Elate Well being We believe A good brain health condition ensures good sleep, great digestive health, calm mind, brilliant body mind co-ordination.and therefore all our programs deals with a holistic approach on various aspects such as weight loss, meditation or optimum sleep and fiber rich detox diets based on constant research.
How intricate is the Gut - Brain connection?
There is a direct link between your gut and brain, the gut brain axis connected by the longest nerve in the body and is responsible for manifesting the brain reactions directly on your digestion. A healthy gut can boost mood, immunity and positive behavior and bad Gut could lead excessive cravings, Obesity and allergies.
Why Gut Health is important ?
Earlier on, people had the general notion that “gut health” refers to acidity and constipation. Recent studies and researches on the gut health have shown consistent findings that gut health has much more significance in human physiology than just digestive disorders but also influences you behavior
"The gut has been called a "second brain" because it produces many of the same neurotransmitters as the brain does, like serotonin, dopamine, and gamma-aminobutyric acid, all of which play a key role in regulating mood. In fact, it is estimated that 90% of serotonin is made in the digestive tract.”
How the choice of food can affect your mood ?
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate sleep and appetite, mediate moods, and inhibit pain. Almost 90% of serotonin is produced in your gastrointestinal tract which promote inner workings of your digestive system that don’t just help you digest food, but also guide your emotions. the production of serotonin is highly influenced by the billions of good bacteria that provide a strong barrier against toxins and helps you fight inflammation for better absorption of nutrients from our food.
Lets take an example - Overeating
It is important to achieve balance in Gut health by adequate diet that help probiotics produce amino acids that give your brain the signal that you might be done eating and prevents from over eating.
In case of A diet high in sugar, pungent spices, alcohol, smoke, processed foods, all that hamper the growth and colonisation of the gut bacteria it constitutes to an extremely important factor in weight & hormonal balance mainly owing to neurotransmitter imbalance, mood swings and can cause carbohydrate cravings, resulting in sugar overload on the gut. It can also cause diminished thirst, that results in dehydration, which in turn again puts pressure on your gut.
What does a healthy gut based diet consist of ?
What we recommend ?
A Healthy gut based diet involves in consuming diverse range of foods that contains essentially good bacteria.
These are fibers that are not fully digested in the intestine &
act as food for the prebiotic bacteria. They provide favorable
conditions in the gut for the prebiotics to colonize.
• Barley, jowar & bajra
• Oats, flax seeds
• Wheat Bran and husk
These are good bacteria population in your gut that
are essential for several life supporting functions
Idli, Dhokla , Appam
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