Myth: Digestive Enzymes Is Good For The Gut
Facts: While conventional wisdom says to take digestive enzymes to digest your food better, gut health affects more than just your digestion. It can have tangible effects on your mood, immune system, and hormones. A diverse composition of bacteria can strengthen and improve your digestion. Different types of bacteria have different functions that can help metabolize different, specific nutrients and gut health can, therefore, affect the ability of your body to absorb vitamins and minerals. Good bacteria can also keep yeasts and other fermentation at bay and prevent an overgrowth of fungus and other pathogens that can activate – you guessed it – inflammation.
To improve gut health, the key is eating whole, unprocessed food with plenty of fiber and probiotics.
I prefer to eat my probiotics rather than take them in pill form. Here are examples of probiotic foods for Vegans:
Myth: Your brain controls your body
Facts: My personal experience shows the gut really does have feelings. The gut makes and releases 90-95% of the body’s serotonin! Serotonin is a mood-balancing hormone that actually changes how quickly food moves through the gut and has a direct effect on sleep, social behavior, and even sexual function. Another fact is that 70-90% of the immune system is found in the gut. This means that what you eat could be affecting how often and how severely you get sick!
Prolonged nutritional deficiencies can change the gut microbial composition. These gut changes can contribute to anxiety, depression, and long term physical health problems.
This may sound a little off subject, but I’ll risk it. Eating a Healthy Heart Diet will provide the nutrients your body needs to have a healthy brain + happy gut.
Here’s an example of a healthy Heart diet:
Omega 3s, DHA
Trans fat / saturated fat
Happy gut really does equate to happy mental health.
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