Did you know you have 2 brains? Everyone knows about the one in the skull but your gut actually plays a huge role in your mental health. Naturopathic Doctors have always been big proponents of this, but now the research shows overwhelming support.
Problems in your digestive tract directly impact your mental health leading to a variety of issues including depression. What’s that? You don’t think you have digestive problems? Do you have less than 2 or more than 4 bowel movements a day? Bloating? Gas? Reflux? Skin issues? Multiple food sensitivities? If so….you my friend have digestive problems.
One of the most common causes of digestive problems is a lack of ‘good bacteria’ or probiotics in our gut. Current research also shows that it is directly linked to depression.
So, let’s take care of our second brain and improve our mood by improving our good bacteria.
Dr. Lisa’s Good Bacteria Tips:
** EAT PROBIOTIC FOODS – sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, and kombucha are my favourites
** EAT A HIGH VEGGIE, FIBER BASED DIET
** AVOID PROCESSED FOODS – especially those containing sugar, artificial sweetener and refined grains
** TAKE ANTIBIOTICS ONLY WHEN NECESSARY – there is often a great Naturopathic alternative
** AVOID ANTIBACTERIAL SOAP – regular soap works just as well!
** DRINK WATER – clean and filtered and at least 8 glasses per day
** TAKE A HIGH QUALITY PROBIOTIC – depending on your history and symptoms, the type and dose you need will vary. Your Naturopathic Doctor can select the most appropriate one for you.
Now go eat well and be happy!
Dr. Lisa Vecchi, Naturopathic Doctor and Registered Acupuncturist