I was amazed when I discovered that our gut does more than just digestion and excretion. I had spent my entire life consuming unhealthy foods, and “diet” wasn’t a term in my life’s dictionary. The realization that our gut is known as the second brain is astonishing. Our intuition often originates in our gut. It’s been over half a year since I started taking care of my gut, and believe me, it has made a world of difference in my life.
While I’m not an expert in this field, consider this article as a guide, or maybe a bit of advice on how loving our gut can significantly impact both our mental and physical health. Despite being aware of the foods we shouldn’t consume, many still make excuses, rationalizing that it’s just one life. Yes, it is one life, but do you really want to spend it being a slave to these cravings for processed foods and sugar cravings? Whether you’re over 40 or reading this before that age, it’s never too late to start anew, right?
We have these gut microbiomes within us, and if we can make them our friends, they will assist us in living longer with a healthier lifestyle. Your internal fitness is 30% exercise and 70% diet. Your emotional state depends on what you ingest.
Here, I’ll point out specific facts along with my personal experiences regarding food and some case studies. Let’s dive in!
1. Your food composition
Your diet should supply you with three acids: Tryptophan, Tyrosine, and Indole-3-Lactic Acid. I start my mornings with Chia Seeds and eggs, rich in high Tryptophan content. In just a month, I witnessed significant results. This amino acid aids in releasing Melatonin (for high-quality sleep) and serotonin (yeah, the trending ‘happy hormone’ on social media). Tyrosine can be found in almonds, lentils, or dark, green veggies. It triggers dopamine release (motivating you to do stuff, yeah go complete that To-Do List!) and Epinephrine (The fight-or-flight hormone, which will help you to protect yourself from life-threatening conditions instead of blocking your brain by rotting on your sofa and scrolling through social media). Indole-3-lactic acid exists in fermented foods like pickles, kimchi, etc., aiding antioxidant production for lasting health without weight gain from multiple medicines.
2. It’s not just Physical Health
I once heard a podcast where someone with residual schizophrenia recovered solely by adopting a Keto diet. He shed 160 pounds, ceased hallucinations, and saw a remarkable improvement in life after 17 years of failed medications. It might sound incredible, but it’s true. You can check out the podcast here. So basically, our emotional state truly depends on what you ingest. Personally, high sugar intake makes me drowsy, anxious, and depressed, accompanied by bloating for a week. I recommend including apple cider vinegar in your mornings. If you have to consume unhealthy items while out with friends, try having vinegar beforehand. It aids digestion, metabolism, and burns body fats.
3. You murder your good gut microbiomes
Stress, antibiotics, and excessive consumption of pizzas, burgers, and coke kill your microbiome irreversibly. It’s terrifying, isn’t it? The dialogue between your brain and gut, commonly known as stress, often causes butterflies and stomach discomfort. Most of us find ourselves frequently rushing to the bathroom. Engaging in mindfulness, walking in the sun, exercising, and reducing cortisol levels significantly improves gut health. You’ll likely require fewer antibiotics if you embark on a journey to care for your gut. Personally, though I’m on acne medication (which I am truly disliking), I experience less bloating now.
4. The connection between the gut and the brain
Our brain seems quite isolated, doesn’t it? Detached from every other organ in our body (I sometimes feel sorry for it). Yet, the gut empathizes with our brain, serving as its best advisor. It acts as our largest sensory organ, not only assessing nutrient quality but also sensing blood-borne hormones. It relays this information to various parts of our brain, primarily those governing morality, fear, and self-awareness. Having tended to my gut for more than half a year, I can guarantee that my mental health has vastly improved, evident not only in how I feel but also in reduced cortisol levels, adding a cherry on top.
“Take care of your gut first, it will take care of everything else”.