Anxiety is something that’s not just related to how we think and feel, but it can stem from our gut health. There is a lot to be said about the gut-brain axis, which is the interaction between the central and the enteric nervous system, but the interactions are more important than you realize. If you are struggling with your well-being, the microbiome may provide a number of solutions. But how can you start to fix your anxiety by fixing your gut health?
Adding Probiotics and Prebiotic-Rich Foods
Taking care of yourself is about feeding your gut the right things. You can drink cold press juice but if you are not blending the right foods, this could be more harmful to your gut. By adding probiotics and prebiotics into your diets, it influences the balance of the good bacteria in your microbiome, also known as the gut flora. Prebiotics feed your gut bacteria, and this is where foods like sweet potatoes, garlic, and onions can help, but also adding probiotics can increase the diversity of your gut. Probiotic foods such as high-quality yogurt and kefir can be blended into a smoothie that gives you that all-important dose of probiotics.
Protecting Your Intestinal Wall
Microbes will protect your gut lining. And if there is damage to your intestinal wall, this could cause what is known as leaky gut syndrome. A lack of protection from the intestinal wall can give rise to many other digestive problems, not to mention numerous mental illnesses. You can protect your intestinal wall by incorporating more collagen into your diet. Collagen is the structural protein found in connective tissues in the body, and is found in the muscles, tendons, skin, and bones, and is what holds our body together. By incorporating high-quality sources of collagen into your life, such as bone broth, it can protect your intestinal wall.
Practice Good Digestion
It’s not just about what you eat, but it’s how you eat it. In order to improve our gut health, we need to be in what is called a parasympathetic state. If we eat when we are stressed, we’re not able to produce the important gastric juices that absorb the food. We have to be in a “rest and digest” state. And this is why learning to meditate can make a big difference in the quality, not just of your digestive health, but your mental health. Because, in many cultures, eating is a form of meditation. When you get into the habit of eating slower, you begin to notice how full you are getting. If you are eating until you are 80% full, you’re not running the risk of flooding your body with non-essential foods. It’s important that, when it comes to practicing good digestion, you learn how to chew your food. Surprisingly, this is something we do not necessarily do in the modern world.
Because we’re so stressed, we become anxious, and it becomes a never-ending cycle. If you are looking to fix any form of anxiety, you might be surprised that you can do it through your digestive health.