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The Link Between your Food, Gut and Mood.

Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2019
Written by Live Life Get Active
Category: Nutrition

From Your Brain…

Your brain is responsible for sending orders throughout your body that tell you what to do, like breathing and moving your muscles. Your brain also receives messages from the rest of your body which tell you what you hear, see, smell, taste and feel both physically and emotionally.

Your brain sends and receives all this information through connections called neurons. There are 100 billion neurons in the human brain which are telling your body how to behave and how to feel.

To Your Gut

The gut is often referred to as your second brain as it has a whopping 100 million neurons. This means there is some serious communicating going between your gut and brain!

You know when you get butterflies when you’re nervous, or when your gut gets that sickening stomach pain when you receive bad news…. Well this is an example of how your gut and brain are in communication!

From Your Food

If you look at food, or even think about food, your brain alerts your stomach so it starts releasing the digestive juices responsible for breaking food down before you have even taken your first bite!

But it’s not just your brain sending information to your gut, this communication goes both ways – and it’s the food you’re eating that determines what messages will be sent to your brain!

To Your Mood

You have trillions of bacteria taking residence in your gut and these little guys are responsible for sending information to your brain which can influence your mood and emotions. Your gut bacteria are responsible for producing 90% of your bodies serotonin – this is the hormone that makes you happy!

Your gut bacteria rely on the food you eat, to flourish and thrive. How can you expect to be happy, if your gut bacteria aren’t happy!

A diet with lots of processed foods high in sugar, refined carbs, unhealthy fats, preservatives and additives will not keep your gut bacteria happy. This can have bad impacts on your mood and feelings! Keep them happy by eating a wide range of fruits, veges and wholegrains, and in return they will help to keep you happy!

Weekly Recipe

Check out this week’s healthy snack which is jam-packed with fibre to help keep your gut happy so it keeps you happy!


Serves: 4 snack size Time:10mins  Cost: $8.10 ($2/serve)

  • 1 Wholemeal pita
  • 3/4 cup hummus
  • handful of Olives
  • ½ punnet cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 small Capsicum
  • ¼ block feta
  • handful Parsley
  • pinch of Paprika
  • drizzle of olive oil

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 1800C (fan forced)
  2. Slice pita bread into triangles
  3. Bake for 8mins
  4. Slice tomatoes, cucumber, capsicums and olives into small pieces
  5. Smother a dish in hummus and sprinkle over paprika
  6. Layer sliced vege over top
  7. Drizzle in olive oil, season with salt and pepper
  8. Crumble over feta
  9. Chop parsley and sprinkle over

Serve!

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