The Gut Brain Axis
It feels as if we need to be paying far greater attention to our microbiome. There’s plenty of information flying around about the gut-brain axis – loads of studies are coming out, endorsed by nutritionists and gut specialists, the evidence is mounting. We’re beginning to understand how our overall physical well-being has an impact on our mental health.
The more I read, the more it seems rather clear that there’s a strong correlation between disruption to the gut-brain axis and a wide variety of disorders, from stress to IBS, to autism. What we know for sure is that most of our immune cells are found in the gut and this system is what makes us resilient to fight even the most minor ailment.
Gut health is of course very individual and can be pretty complex, but supporting your well-being through great food enables us to stay balanced and to be at our best. It becomes even more relevant for people going through hormonal peeks or troughs in their lives (particularly adolescents, who may be ultra-sensitive about food).
Gut-supportive diets are really worth some investigation if you’re not yet familiar. And one of the keys to much of this is high quality extra virgin olive oil. Rather like with fermented foods (in essence, an ancient preservation technique), olive oil has been incorporated in to the healthiest diets for millennia.
It’s an easy way to help yourself to be your best.
So, slice up a ripe tomato, toast some bread and start with a good bruschetta. It might just improve your mood.