Did you know that your mental health is directly associated with your gut health?
Around 80-90% of your neurotransmitters are produced by your gut microbiome and poor gut health can affect their production. Neurotransmitter depletion can affect your mood and even lead to anxiety and depression, as well as affecting the quality and length of sleep.
Things that have a negative impact on gut health include ….
- Processed foods (full of artificial additives)
- Sugary drinks
- Trans-fats and processed cooking oils
Things that have a positive impact on gut health include….
- Fresh home cooked meals
- Snacking on fresh fruit and raw nuts
- Drinking around 2 litres of fresh water per day
- Quality fats such as butter, avocado, coconut oil and olive oil
Bread, milk and nightshades (potato, tomato, eggplant, capsicum) are common triggers for gut problems, and therefore mood and mental health problems like anxiety and depression. Therefore it’s a good idea to keep a food diary, just jot down everything you eat each day along with how you feel (mood, bloating, skin conditions, constipated, loose stools). You may notice that health issues occur a day or two after eating certain foods, then you can eliminate the offending foods form your diet.