A Gut-friendly Diet May Help Improve Brain Health

Updated: Oct 8, 2020

In your nutrition program, we emphasize fiber because it has countless benefits, including good digestion, heart health, and weight management.  Now, research is increasingly linking fiber to good mental health because of its effect on your microbiome. Here's the information breakdown:

  • The gut is sometimes called the second brain because it comprises more than 100 million neurons. 

  • If your brain is experiencing increased activity (anxiety, stress) or decreased activity (depression, lethargy), your gut may have a more exaggerated experience.

  • For a long time, scientists thought communication was a one-way street from the brain to the gut. New research indicates that improving good gut bacteria may also improve mental health.

  • While fiber moves food through your system, it feeds the healthy bugs in your gut. Plant fibers are broken down into short chain fatty acids, which are then eaten by good bacteria. 

So what does a gut-friendly diet look like? Eat plenty of fiber (vegetables, fruit, legumes, whole grains), plus probiotic-rich foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, and kimchi. 

It’s also important to cut down on gut-triggering foods, like processed foods (chips, cookies), alcohol, or other foods that bother your system specifically (e.g., some people can’t tolerate dairy or onions).

Also, if you'd like to order a probiotic or fiber supplement, contact your Apeiron Life expert for product-specific guidance.