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experts explain the link between your brain and your gut

Is there a link between mental health and gut health? Healthista spoke to The Gut Experts – Professor Barbara Ryan and Elaine McGowan RD. They reveal how managing your mental health can transform your gut health

Your brain is connected to every part of your body, so what is so special about the connection between your gut and your brain?

Well, it turns out that your gut enjoys a particularly intimate relationship with your brain, compared to the other important organs in your body, so much so, that the gut has been called your ‘second brain’ or the little brain.

While your brain contains about 100 billion neurones (nerve cells), your gut contains about 500 million neurones, which is impressive, given that your heart has only 40,000 neurones and your kidneys have about 1 million each.

an information superhighway that transfers information between the gut and the brain

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Link Between Gut Health and Mental Well Being

Feed Your Mind by Nurturing Your Gut: Link Between Gut Health and Mental Well-Being

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A healthy gut leads to a healthy body. But do you know that it can benefit your mental health? To know more about this connection, we reached out to Megha Terse Mandke, Registered Dietitian, Experienced In Paediatric Oncology and Haematology, LEC-Indian Dietetic Association, Mumbai Chapter. 

Understanding The Connection Between Gut and Brain

Mandke said, “The gut-brain connection plays a major role in regulating and smooth functioning of many bodily functions including mental health.” She added that any disturbance in digestive health, particularly in the gut microbiome, is increasingly being linked to the onset of many mental health complexities, such as anxiety, hypertension, depression, and even autism.

A study published in the Irish Journal of Medical Science has established a link between gut conditions like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression, and suicidal tendencies.

Coexisting Nature Of Gut And Mental Health Issues

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The 4 Best Carbs for Gut Health, According to Gastroenterologists

Cutting carbs? You might be killing off some of your good gut bacteria. Find out why, then discover the best carbohydrate foods to eat more of to maximize your microbiome.

Reviewed by Dietitian Jessica Ball, M.S., RD

Whether you call it Atkins, Keto or simply aim to live la vida low-carb, these diets continue to be among the most trendy eating patterns in America.

Depending on which plan you follow, low-carb dieting entails restricting carbohydrate consumption to anywhere from 20 to 130 grams per day. For reference, two Medjool dates have 36 grams of carbs and one 5-inch sweet potato has 26 grams. Not taking into account any other bite you consume that day, noshing on either of those nutrition all-stars could already push you over your low-carb limit if you’re following a very low-carb plan, such as the keto diet.

Pictured Recipe: Gochujang-Glazed Tempeh & Brown Rice

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