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Gut Feelings?

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Gosh, I love Spark People!

I've been doing Spark Trivia most mornings - mainly to get the points!
But today, one that I got wrong caught my eye - and took me off down the www rabbit-hole!
I thought serotonin was only to do with the brain - important in treating depression etc. But I learned today that it is also produced in the intestines, where it has a very important role to play.

"Research has shown just how important gut health is to overall health. Gut health is so intertwined with the brain, that it’s been deemed the ‘second brain’. It’s believed that 90% of serotonin receptors are located in the gut, showing just how closely linked gut health is to mental health, too. A unhealthy gut has been linked to food sensitivities, allergies, IBS, sugar cravings, anxiety, depression, acne, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, fatigue, ADHD and much more. Put simply, heal the gut: heal your mind, body and soul."


Of course, I've come across the stuff about the healthy micro-biome before - how the microbes in our gut are controlling us! But apart from trying to eat as clean as possible - I haven't done much about it. I suppose, like a lot of internal changes, they're not easy to see - it's not easy to spot the effects of change.

Also, I don't like fermented vinegary foods much. I went to a Polish cafe the other day and had a vegan Bigos - which was very vinegary with sauerkraut - I didn't like it much.

However, on the Ayurvedic team I'm on, we're going through a book called Body Thrive - and I found that one of my motivations was to have a clean colon. The link above is for vegan gut-friendly recipes.

I think the time has come for me to take this more seriously.

It might mean adding some new foods in regularly.

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    My father drank a glass of water with a tablespoon of vinegar in it daily and he lived healthy until he died at age 97. I think there is something to it. I enjoy pickles, sauerkraut, and kombucha but simply haven't found a kimchi that I can stand. On occasion I have glass of water with a tablespoon of cider vinegar. It helps when I have heartburn too. Lots to try Gill; you will probably find something you like.
    28 days ago
    I'm with you on the sauerkraut, kimchee, etc. I knew a couple who would take a spoonful of cider vinegar and one of yogurt daily.
    29 days ago
  • -POOKIE-
    Leeks are a really underrated food, so mild you can eat lots, and our guts love them!

    29 days ago
  • LINDA!
    I have been treating for my IBS for years. I do eat yogurt daily. I eat sauerkraut often. Good info, Gill.
    30 days ago
    Kombucha is my favourite probiotic, I make it at home, and since drinking it regularly, my digestion is much better. I get a little to no flatulence after eating pulses like beans and lentils etc. Kombucha is my mid-afternoon cocktail to boost my energy and refresh me. I am a big fan of probiotics in general and Kombucha in particular. It is true most probiotics are vinegary in taste, sauerkraut, kefir, kimchi. Kombucha is acidy, but, in my opinion, the least vinegary tasting of this list. It tastes like fizzy apple cider to me, is effervescent, tart, and slightly sweet. It is awesome for satisfying thirst in the summer heat or after sweating a lot from a workout. Another benefit of kombucha for me is that if I crave sugar and I have a glass of kombucha, it takes sugar craving away, makes sugar unappealling, kind of the same way as when after brushing teeth, orange juice is unappealling. Okay, I'll get off my soapbox, as you can see I am a huge fan of kombucha.
    30 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/19/2020 10:43:30 PM
    I checked out that site for the gut-friendly vegan recipes and found it very cumbersome with all of the advertising, but here is my take on what I saw:

    If you eat clean and vegan (as you already do, Gill) you don't have anything to worry about! Many of the food items they listed as pre- and pro-biotics I bet you already eat such as non-daily yogurt, kefir, garlic, onions, apples, bananas, beans & legumes, oats, cacao.

    My advise (IMHO) is don't fall for all of that hype and worry about it. I know you already are eating very healthy!
    30 days ago
    Wow..who knew?
    Thnx for sharing!
    30 days ago
    Thank you for the links! Good information!
    30 days ago
  • EISSA7
    Thanks for the Spark article link....and the gut health info!! I blend kefir with ice, a cup of frozen blue berries, and a handful of fresh spinach...delicious!
    30 days ago
    Interesting post I enjoy the trivia do it for the points & over these 10 years have learned a lot. My points is at 88%. Cant manage to improve it.
    30 days ago
    I'm now on my own adventure down the rabbit hole! I appreciate you sharing and thank you for the inspiration!
    30 days ago
    Thanks for the link Gill, I love sauerkraut and kimchi but eat them sparingly because of salt content. Interestingly, miso tends not to affect blood pressure so I often incorporate it into sauces for vegan dishes.
    30 days ago
  • LOF7203
    Thanks for sharing
    30 days ago
    I feel so much better when I eat clean. no eczema, no gastric issues. It's amazing. We are what we eat.
    I will check out your link.
    30 days ago
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    Interesting info, for sure!
    30 days ago
    I had a leaking gut problem and I finally managed to arrest this. Good luck to you....
    30 days ago
    Next week I'm going to make a whole wheat pasta with artichokes, asparagus and olives drizzled with olive oil, and some crusty whole wheat bread.
    30 days ago
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