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I Started Eating For My Gut Health & Here’s How My Life Changed

The connection between gut health and mental health is hard to ignore. In fact, out of all the supplements, Dr. Aparna Iyer—an integrative psychiatrist—is most likely to recommend a probiotic. In mindbodygreen’s Functional Nutrition Training, there’s an entire section called Brain Health: Choosing Foods for Optimal Mental Well-Being. Taught by mbg Collective member Dr. Mark Hyman, this section was a game-changer for me in terms of understanding the connections between gut health and the microbiome, inflammation, and mental health issues like anxiety and depression. For example, did you know that studies have already shown that sugar consumption is linked to an increased risk of depression? It’s true, and it’s something we should all be more aware of.

This gut-brain connection is something I’ve experienced firsthand, and it’s a major reason I continue to maintain a gut-friendly lifestyle despite its challenges (i.e., missing out on mac and cheese). When my lifestyle is in a good place—meaning I’m eating nourishing foods and staying away from caffeine, alcohol, dairy, simple carbs, and added sugars—I’m able to take things in stride and handle everyday life stressors with more ease. When I get off track, my mental health takes a hit, and it reminds me to show my gut a little extra attention.

It’s important to keep in mind that eating for optimal gut health doesn’t mean the same thing for everyone. What worked for me might not be the best choice (or even a good choice at all) for you. Always talk to your doctor before you make any drastic changes to your diet or lifestyle and keep them updated on all of the supplemets you’re taking.

Ready to get your gut health on track? Take mindbodygreen’s Functional Nutrition Training with Kelly LeVeque and other big names in health and wellness.

Article source: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/gut-health-diet-results