We’ve known for several years now that the bacteria in your intestine is related to your mental health. We want diversity in what scientists call the gut’s microbiome: Reduced diversity is related to allergies, inflammation, diabetes, and obesity, along with depression and anxiety.
An article in the New York Times last week delves into gut health, and I recommend reading it and considering some diet changes.
Here’s the biggest takeaway: Reduced calorie, plant-based diets lead to healthier guts.
The article suggests the best way to transform your gut (and therefore your health) is to switch to a high fiber diet focused on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds.
It’s a big change, but it could mean a huge improvement in quality of life.
Go here to read the New York Times article.
Satu Woodland is owner and clinician of Mental Health Solutions, an integrative mental health practice located at Bown Crossing in Boise, Idaho. She sees children, adolescents, and adults.