In this episode of The Love Destination Expert Series, the Travelling Dietitian Kara Landau explains how your gut health impacts your mood, the link between gut health and depression and the foods that have been shown to be good and bad for your gut health.
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Kara explains the role of gut health in helping us stay calm and preventing depression and reveals the foods that are good and bad for our gut health.
1. Gut health is definitely interrelated with our mood.
2. We actually have higher concentrations of serotonin in our gut than in our brain! This may help explain those “gut feelings” we often have!
3. By having a healthy gut we also help prevent inflammation in our bodies which is connected to depression, as well as enhance nutrient absorption which is important to make sure we are getting the most out of our food consumption and have our bodies functioning optimally.
Foods that are good for our gut health:
1. Probiotics – Are the live microorganisms that line our gut and play a role in our immune system. Examples include: Greek yoghurt, kefir, kombucha, miso, sauerkraut, probiotic sachets and mix through raw food dishes.
3. Prebiotics – non digestible carbohydrates that fuel probiotics– examples include: apple peels, konjac noodles, onion and garlic, asparagus, in products as inulin from chicory root or as a sweetener – isomolto-oligosaccharides
4. Resistant starch – selectively fuel the good bacteria in our gut – green banana, banana flour to bake with, cooked and then cooled grains, legumes and lentils.
5. Gut strengthening diet – By eating a gut strengthening diet we are able to help reduce inflammation in our bodies and enhance nutrient absorption, which has roll on numerous benefits to our mental and physical health.
Foods that are bad for our gut health:
There are a number of ingredients that have begun to be shown to have negative effects on our gut health such as artificial sweeteners, as well as some additives and thickeners.
As a general rule of thumb, looking for products that are free from artificial sweeteners, additives and preservatives, and that are made up of more whole food derived ingredients, would be the safest option at this stage.