The close relationship between the digestive tract and mood state argues for the importance of taking care of both. If you don’t, you run the risk of unhealthy bacteria contributing to feelings of depression and anxiety.
These mental conditions can also impair normal digestive function and exacerbate underlying disorders.
As we wait for more discoveries in this intriguing area of science, here are some strategies to keep in mind to help take good care of our minds and our guts:
Eat a healthy diet. Avoiding fried and fatty foods, large meals, processed foods, and refined sugars can keep your gut happy and your brain healthy. Meanwhile, consuming omega-3 fatty acids from fish, nuts, or flaxseed is associated with better cognition and mood. Fiber from grains, fruits, and vegetables, along with plenty of water also help keep the digestive tract healthy.
Be willing to alter your dietary habits. Many people find that their digestive systems become more sensitive with age. If you are experiencing digestive symptoms, consult your doctor. If dietary changes are recommended, don’t worry — it is possible to adjust to and even enjoy your new diet.
Consider probiotic foods. Even if you’re not experiencing digestive tract symptoms, probiotic foods like yogurt or kefir are delicious and nutritious. People experiencing symptoms may wish to discuss the possible benefits of probiotic supplements with their doctors.
Get regular exercise. Cardiovascular conditioning will boost cognitive abilities and help stabilize mood. Exercise also aids digestion and supports digestive tract health.
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