Gut Killers Part III

Gut Killer #3 Stress

 The gut and the brain hold a powerful connection, In fact, the gut is often referred to as the body’s second brain or belly brain. Your gut has even more neurons than your brain. That being said it makes sense that in order to have healthy digestion you must avoid unnecessary stressors and find ways to deal with the inevitable stresses of life.

One way to cope with stress is through mood-boosting foods. Your brain is constantly making neurotransmitters and neuropeptides from nutrients. Food is the structural beginning of brain chemicals, such as serotonin. Serotonin=calm, positive, feelings. Additionally, your feelings can be instantly changed by what you eat.  So next time you are feeling over busy, stressed, tired, try this shake brake for an immediate serotonin boost and mood changer:

1 small banana

1 cup of pineapple or orange juice

½ cup strawberries or papaya

1 to 3 tsp flax oil (as tolerated)

Try and avoid caffeine 2 hours before/after the shake as caffeine can inhibit the positive benefit of serotonin.  Serotonin containing foods include: banana, papaya, passionfruit, pineapple, dates, figs, kiwi, plums, avocado, tomato

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