Natural Remedies for the Gut-Brain Connection
6. Consume More Nuts
Whether whole or ground up as nut butter without any additives, nuts increase serotonin levels that help improve mood while providing healthy fats to the body.
7. Eat Mushrooms
While many children may not like mushrooms, they will probably never notice that they were ground up and added to hamburgers or meatballs. Shiitake mushrooms are high in vitamin B6, a vitamin crucial for improving mood and reducing stress and depression.
8. Chew Food Slowly
Maximize digestion by eating slowly, taking small bites, and thoroughly chewing food.
9. Go Paleo
Consider the Paleo Diet, Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), or the Gut and Psychology Syndrome diet (GAPS diet) as a viable option.
10. Bone Broth
Bone broth, (whether homemade or as commercially bought Bone Broth Protein), has incredible healing benefits for the lining of the intestines. Yes, our ancestors knew what they were doing when they sucked the marrow out of the bones.
Natural Antifungals for Candida Yeast
Antifungals are excellent options for children (and adults) with yeast infections, athlete’s foot, of other symptoms of candida yeast. Please see our report The Gut-Brain Connection and Children with Special Needs for further information about candida yeast in the gut.
Natural antifungals include:
- Grapefruit seed extract
- Aged garlic extract
- Natural garlic
- Caprylic acid
- Cat’s claw
- Olive leaf extract
- Tea tree oil – topically on the skin
- Oregano oil – topically on the skin
As candida yeast begins to die off, there may be a few days of discomfort. This is natural and will subside on its own. Also – it is crucial to avoid sweets which feed the yeast.
A healthy gut can improve the body and brain in many ways. Always discuss changes with your doctor before implementing them.