There’s a real, tangible, biological link between your gut and your brain, and understanding it just might change your life. As a fetus, we have a little bundle of tissue called a “neural crest.” While we’re still in utero, that ball of tissue splits in two. Half of it turns into your central nervous system (your brain) and the other half becomes your enteric nervous system (your gut). These two nervous systems are for the rest of your life linked via the vagus nerve, which is your literal gut-brain connection.
The implications of this connection are too vast to fully describe here. Have you ever noticed that feeling bloated can make you angry and sluggish? How about food intolerances showing up in your life and suddenly you’re also battling inexplicable depression? Heard of parents who swear that what they feed their kids can impact extreme behavior and mood swings? While gut balance can be affected by factors as varied as your sleep patterns, external environment and stress levels, it is your diet that has the most substantial impact on your microbiome.
Our whole body is connected and whatever we decide to put in or on our body has an effect on our overall health, especially the foods we choose to put inside our mouth.
Overly processed foods are harmful foods. They are loaded with salts and unnatural chemicals. They promote growth of harmful gut bacteria and kill the good bacteria. When bacteria grows it controls what hormones are made and thus controls our moods and thought patterns. When we have an abundance or over growth of bad bacteria we have mood swings, are irritable and have negative thought patterns. When we have an abundance of good beneficial bacteria we experience joy, bliss, positivity meaning we are able to attract more abundance, more opportunities and whatever we desire!
Choosing to the right foods like organic vegetables, fermented foods, essential fatty acids, herbs, and prebiotic foods, promote healthy bacteria balance and aid in immune functioning which in turn leads to happiness and positive thought patterns. For example herbs are loaded with minerals and vitamins that support living organisms like the bacteria and you! Following a nutrient dense diet, consuming vegetables and herbs aligns your body for a favorable environment for healthy bacteria growth. When your body is closer to homeostasis your mood is greatly improved!
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About the author, Jay Vilar is a Nutritional Therapist Practitioner that focuses on nutrition and lifestyle when working with clients in the Washington, DC and Boston, MA Area