For a long time my focus on diet and food was for its impact to my body and what food and my diet could do to make me look better and make me stronger.
While this isn’t the wrong focus, it shouldn’t be the only focus as another crucial impact that your diet can have is how it can make you feel. I’m not only talking about feeling tired or energetic but I am talking about general happiness.
Did you know that 90% of serotonin is made in the gut? Serotonin plays many roles in the brain’s biochemistry including helping the body achieve a sustained and deep sleep, aswell as maintaining a balanced mood.
You might have noticed a near ‘come-down’ or mood crash experience after a week of junk food and drinking. Not only lethargy but an overall feeling of ‘down’.
For me the first thing I notice when I am not giving my body the optimum nutrients it needs, the first sign is adrenal fatigue, body aches, difficulty sleeping and digestive discomfort. However another strong symptom for me is a lack of energy in terms of not only body but mental motivation.
In fact depression has been linked not only to a chemical imbalance in the brain but can be symptom of chronic inflammation.
Inflammation can be caused by a range of factors, I believe it is the difficulty we have to in modern society to eat foods that support our health that also suit the demand of everyday modern life. We consume over processed mass-produced food filled with chemicals and our bodies are trying to tell us – enough is enough.
Bone Broth for me was an absolute elixir of life, filled with collagen, magnesium and important amino acids, glycine and proline which help to seal the gut and soothe inflammation.
Gut Health is definitely a journey rather than a destination. You don’t need to completely overhaul your life to feel the benefits but small changes can make a big difference.
Start by incorporating bone broth in your daily diet and fermented prebiotics like kefir and apple cider vinegar.
When it comes to gut health it is important treat your body with respect, nourish and fuel yourself and you will feel the difference inside and out.