“I hate your guts!”- The surprising link between poor gut health your child’s mental fitness.
Your children don’t really hate you…but they may hate what you are feeding them. When you allow them to eat lots of junk foods, they like it in the moment, but hate in the long run. We all know how convenient, yummy and inexpensive these highly processed foods and beverages can be. However, we also need to know that these foods can disrupt the communication process between your child’s gut and brain.
Nutritional psychologists and researchers have made ground-breaking discoveries showing a link between gut function and mental health. For example, our guts are connected to our brains by the vagus nerve that acts as a super highway sending essential neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, acetylcholine, and GABA to our brains. These neurotransmitters are crucial for regulating mood, ability to focus, energy levels, problem solving abilities and sleep. Excessive junk food deprives our guts of the ability to produce healthy bacteria and essential microbiomes that send these very important neurotransmitters to the brain. This can manifest as anxiety, depression, attention deficit disorder, and a variety of other mental health conditions.
With 60% of the American diet consisting of processed foods, what the heck can we do to protect our children?! Don’t lose hope. Start with small steps by introducing fiber rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains that are naturally high in probiotics and prebiotics. Here are a couple of links to help you get started. Bona Appetit!
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