BRAIN GUT CONNECTION24 Feb 2022, Posted by FYS News in
Do you worry about whether you are eating the “right” foods or if you are being “healthy enough”?
Something I often notice when I talk to people about health and nutrition is the language we use and how we categorize food as “good” or “bad”.
Striving for perfection can lead to problems in many parts of our life and it is certainly something I see playing out when it comes to our diet. It worries me that I see some people using very restricted diets under the guise of it being “healthy”.
A term which refers to an obsession with “healthful” eating which then leads to unhealthy eating habits.
We talked about this in my recent podcast with Dr Miguel Toribio-Mateas, The Gut-brain doctor.
So much of the focus is on information going from the gut to the brain we can forget that the brain and our thoughts have a huge role in how our digestive system works.
Dr Miguel Toribio-Mateas talking about the gut-brain connection
What this means in practice is that the anxiety and obsession we can develop about “eating right” can be doing more harm than good when it comes to our microbiome and our health.
Dr Miguel talks about this from personal experience. It was a fascinating conversation with someone I have known since the start of my nutrition career; we studied together and have collaborated on several projects over the years. This conversation took a whole new angle on the gut-brain connection; turning it back to the brain-gut connection.
Take a listen and tell me what you think.
Building a truly healthy and sustainable attitude and approach to our diet is fundamental to my Food for Thought programme.
In my experience, once you understand HOW your body is functioning and WHAT your body and brain need, it becomes much easier to do this.
This is exactly what I cover in the ALL ABOUT YOU first module of the programme.
To find out more, watch this intro video from the course.
In health and happiness