By Rania Watts
I was having a conversation with one of my teachers a few weeks ago after he had brought up the subject of Gut Biome – which is “microbiom”. This is a ”vast community of trillions of bacteria and fungi that inhabit every nook and cranny of your gastrointestinal tract and have a major influence on your metabolism, body weight, propensity to illness, immune system, appetite and mood.” (Specter. T, 2020)
There is a correlation between the gut and the mind and now there is a connection between the gut, mind, and proper nutrition. And, as it turns out 95% of serotonin is produced in the gastrointestinal tract (Selhub, 2020). This means taking care of our body with a proper diet – as there is a symbiotic relationship between the mind, body, and health.
That was one of the first things that we learned in school growing up – the benefits of the various food groups and their total daily allotment.
Diet, however, has changed over the years. We are now seeing more vegetarians and vegans – which means all the meat products had to be adjusted to veggie as well . With proper nutrition – diets should never be stop and serve only for one kind of diet. High quality foods can not only assist with brain function, but also profile the vitamins and nutrients required for a solid diet.
Some quick tips below that you might benefit from. Highly processed foods should be limited, fad diets should find their way to the door even before they start, compare and contrast the various food labels on what you purchase – to ensure you are purchasing quality foods. This applies to individuals with any kind of diet. Being the healthiest you possible, is the end goal, regardless of your eating preference.
Selhub, E. (2015). Nutritional psychiatry: Your brain on food. Harvard Health Publishing. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/nutritional-psychiatry-your-brain-on-food-201511168626