Natural Remedies for the Gut-Brain Connection
After reading our report The Gut-Brain Connection and Children with Special Needs, you are probably wondering what you can do to help balance crucial gut flora. Food will not heal everything, but, what a person consumes can play a role in healing, behavior, and well-being. Here are some ways to improve the gut-brain connection:
1. Consume Probiotics
Foods rich in probiotics, such as kefir, yogurt, and sauerkraut provide the good bacteria that lines the gut for proper nutrient absorption and immune system support. This is especially important for anyone who takes antibiotics at any time. A good supplemental probiotic is also recommended.
2. Avoid Processed Foods
From artificial sweeteners to chemicals and fillers, processed foods load the body with unhealthy substances and toxins. Aim for whole, fresh foods, and prepare healthy meals and snacks at home.
3. Avoid Inflammatory Foods
Wheat, dairy (casein), corn, soy, fish, nuts, and eggs are common allergenic foods. While nuts, fish, and eggs are part of a healthy diet, they should be avoided if an allergy is present.
4. Consume Healthy Fats
Healthy fats are essential for brain performance. Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) is high in essential antioxidants that are anti-inflammatory, protect cells from damage, and aid in cognitive functions and memory. Coconut oil, grass fed organic butter, and avocados are also beneficial.
5. Go Gluten-Free
Going gluten free does not mean giving up bread. Sprouted grains provide numerous benefits, and offer many delicious options. You can purchase many types of gluten-free pasta and baked goods – just watch out for added sugar. It is always best to make your own treats at home.
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