Health and happiness are definitely the most important things in life; if you’re healthy- you’re happy and if you’re happy you’re most probably healthy.
I’m sure most of you have heard that:
‘A happy gut= A happy mind’
And it turns out, this is really true!
Whilst I was in America, I was recommended this incredible book called ‘10% Human’ by Alanna Collen
It completely opened my eyes to the huge link between gut health and happiness and I really can’t recommend it enough.
She draws together all the research surrounding a healthy gut flora resulting in positive brain function and the reduction in illness such as anxiety and depression
Gut health and mental health- surely they can’t really be linked I hear you ask?
But the truth of the matter is they are!
Our guts are lined with billions of different bacteria which look after us from the inside, think of them as your mini resident pets. If you look after them, then they’ll look after you.
And how do i look after them i hear you ask?
FEED THEM 😀
Bacteria in our gut LOVE Pre-biotics, but hold on, so what are Pro-Biotics then?
Let’s clear up the confusion here…
Pro-biotics are the friendly bacteria in our gut and Pre-biotics are the foods that keep them healthy and ensure they do their job (of looking after you) correctly 🙂
The top 10 foods containing Pre-biotics include things such as:
- Chicory root
- Dandelion greens
- Raw Onion
- Cooked Onion
- Wheat bran
Basically guys, it’s all about getting in your fruits and veggies!
So what if you’re not a fan? explore spices, herbs and sauces that you can add to make the taste more bearable but be wary of shop bought sauces that are full of nasty additives.
There are also sneeky ways of adding them into meals, one of my go to recipes for protein pancakes when I want to add squeeze more veggies in are Beki’s Spinach protein pancakes you’d honestly never know they were in there, they taste incredible and are so easy to make!
You may also look into supplementing with Pro-biotics too in order to increase the numbers of bacteria in your gut. This is especially important if you have been on antibiotics because the chances are- they’ve pretty much cleared your gut of healthy bacteria.
I know it may all sound a bit bizarre but I guarantee you that the healthier you are on the inside, the healthier and happier you’ll be on the outside too. Look after your bacteria and in return, they’ll look after you!
I love this little quote by Jim Rohn 🙂
If you’ve got any questions guys- you know where I am 🙂
Wishing you all happy tummys!