People say, “You are what you eat.” There seems to be some truth to this adage. This video touches upon this aspect of our physical health. Psychologist Kanika Shah of Nimai Healthcare explains how your gut health affects your mental health. She also shares that our mental health and physical health are highly interconnected.
How your gut health affects your mental health
Research on connections between the gut and brain shows how the two strongly influence each other. The several physical (neural) and chemical connections between our gut and brain form the gut brain axis. Neurotransmitters like serotonin and other brain chemicals that influence aspects of our mental health such as our emotions, mood and our body clock are produced by the bacteria in our gut. Therefore issues in our gut health could negatively impact brain chemistry. Thus possibly contributing to mental health conditions.
Food groups that our good for your gut
According to various studies, a few food groups can help maintain the health of our gut brain axis. These include – omega 3 fats, fermented foods like yogurt, high fiber foods like whole grains nuts, fruits and vegetables, among others. (Additionally polyphenol rich foods like cocoa, olive oil and tryptophan rich foods like turkey and eggs are also good options.).
What one should keep in mind
Consult appropriate health professionals in terms of specific dietary and mental health recommendations. Reading up on recent research and being aware of your eating habits can also help. Regulating gut health can be a good way to maintain our mental health.