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.