Serotonin is best known as our feel good chemical. It is also a key regulator in gastrointestinal motility. When you hear the word serotonin you automatically think of the brain, however 90% of the bodies serotonin levels are actually made in our gut. Gut microbes affect neural development, if you have bad gut health you could be at risk of developing anxiety and depression.
THE IMPORTANCE OF GUT HEALTH AND PROBIOTICS
Did you know the Australian government spends approximately 4.5 million dollars per year on digestive diseases? Approximately 7500 Australians die each year from diseases of the digestive system. 40 diseases have also been linked to bacterial imbalance including arthritis, depression, IBS and cancer.
INFLAMMATORY RESPONSE TO CERTAIN FOODS AND ITS LINK TO CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE
Inflammation is an essential part of the body’s immune response. Without it wounds would fester then infections would become deadly. It’s our bodies defense system to protect from bacteria and viruses and repair damaged tissue. Too much of a good thing however can be dangerous. Scientists from Harvard University found that continuous low-grade infections are linked to atherosclerosis (clogging of the arteries), which then lead to heart attacks, strokes, artery disease, and even vascular dementia. When we consume various toxins and irritants our body responds with inflammation. Some of the toxins and irritants that cause inflammation in our body are highly processed foods, foods high in saturated fat, alcohol and smoking.
So what can we do to prevent this happening and decrease inflammation in our body?
- Avoid refined carbohydrates and replace with whole grain carbohydrates. Refined carbohydrates causes an increase in blood sugars, which in turn increases levels of inflammatory messengers called cytokines.
- Swap from saturated fats and oils to polyunsaturated fats and oils. Olive oil has potent anti-inflammatory properties.
- Load up on fruits and veggies. These free radicals foods are the best for reducing inflammatory markers in our body.
- Drink alcohol in moderation. One drink per day has been found to lower levels of C-reactive protein however any more than this has the opposite effect.
- Add herbs and spices to your foods. Some great anti-inflammatory spices are turmeric, garlic, basil, pepper and ginger.
- Include organic 90% chocolate into your daily diet. Research has found that consuming a small amount of dark chocolate each day slows the production of signaling molecules involved in the inflammatory process.
If you are unsure how to create an anti-inflammatory personalised nutrition plan then call us now on (07) 55220846. We look forward to hearing from you.
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It’s the question on everyone’s lips but with so many fad diets out there and so much conflicting information how do we know which diet is right for fat loss. (Notice I say fat loss not weight loss. Body composition is the best way to determine whether you are losing fat as weight loss only indicates just that. This can comprise of fat, muscle and fluid).
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