Growing up we were told to keep our heart, lungs, kidneys, and teeth healthy but were you ever told to keep your gut healthy? The only thing that most of us remember about a gut is the fact that people didn’t really want to have one that showed. Our gut plays a major role in maintaining our overall health, especially your mental health. It is often not really thought about, but it is indeed an important body part that should also care for.
The vagus nerve is the primary route your gut bacteria use to transmit information to your brain. Your gut sends far more information to your brain than your brain sends to your gut, your brain is not always the one in charge. The most serotonin is produced in our gut flora. Serotonin is a key neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood and social behavior, appetite and digestion, sleep, memory, and sexual desire and function.
Keeping your gut flora healthy helps aid in the following:
- Fights against depression & anxiety
- Preventing yeast infections, UTI’s
- Preventing obesity & diabetes
- Boost immune system
- Improves absorption of nutrients
- Improves acne/eczema
- Increases energy
- Improves lactose intolerance
- Improves allergies
- Alleviates bloating & heartburn
The best way to keep your gut flora in check is to nourish it with good bacteria. Good bacterias are called probiotics. Feeding your gut probiotics is easy, here are some ways:
Take probiotic supplements (Natures Way Primadophilus Optima Women’s)
Fermented Foods (Ex. Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Miso, & Kefir)