The body is one system, and therefore it is not surprising that foods which support gut health also aid mood, skin and digestion!
Studies have revealed the connection between the gut and the brain; in particular the relationship between brain health and metabolism, and the impact that stress has on the gut.
Some of the main problems we face today are due to the shift in modern diet, including nutrient deficiencies, inflammation and overeating. Nutrient deficiencies have increased due to mineral depletion in food and the shift to modern diets, where the consumption of processed foods has increased. As a consequence nutrient deficiencies are contributing to ageing, weakened immune systems and the risk of chronic disease.
Although nutrient deficiencies can contribute to low immunity, inflammation can exacerbate this further. Inflammation affects our immune system’s ability to fight off infection and can also contribute to insulin resistance and weight gain. Refined and processed foods, as well as those of low nutritional value, are usually also pro-inflammatory.
So what foods should we be eating?
Our cells require nutrients to function optimally. This includes water, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, fibre and amino acids.
Micronutrients are needed by every cell in the body. They either make things happen or they are needed by other nutrients to make things happen.
They as catalysts, transferring food into energy. Each individual mineral and trace element has specific functions in the body with magnesium taking part in over 300 reactions.
Consuming minerals alongside water helps our cells to hold on to water consumed. Without minerals and trace elements our cells are unable to hold onto water in order to hydrate optimally.
Micronutrients can be found in fruit, vegetables, seeds, nuts, meat and fish.
Fats are needed for a range of different functions but are especially important for brain health. This is because 60% of the brain is made up of fatty acids, aiding cognitive function. Foods that are high in omega 3 include oily fish, olive oil, avocados and chia seeds.
Amino acids are crucial for health as they are the basic building blocks for human bodily functions. They are found in protein rich foods including meat, fish, dairy, eggs, quinoa and beans. Protein aids satiety and is also important for growth and repair of the muscles and some studies suggest it could aid immunity. Although protein consumption is important, over-consumption can be damaging. This is because we can only absorb up to 30g per sitting. To optimise utilisation of protein in the body it is therefore best to spread your intake out over the day as opposed to eating a huge amount in one sitting.
Fibre is needed for digestion, a healthy gut and chronic disease. This not only helps to reduce the risk of diverticular disease and digestive issues but also aids satiety. As we previously mentioned, the body works as a whole system, and therefore if fibre is beneficial to gut health it is also going to be beneficial to other parts of the body - including the brain!
Foods that are high in fibre include whole grains, legumes, vegetables and nuts.
To optimise nutritional health it is therefore best to eat an abundance of different whole foods that contribute to health and disease prevention. This includes a variety of fruit and vegetables, whole-grains, proteins and healthy fats. However, although we may be eating healthily, due to soil depletion and early harvesting it can often still be difficult to consume the full spectrum of micronutrients that we need through diet.
Cellnutrition provides the full spectrum of minerals and trace elements and in the correct proportions for our cells to thrive. When our cellular health is optimised, this improves the health and function of our organs and bodily systems so that we can function better. Cellnutrition Hypertonic should be taken in the morning (ideally at least 20 minutes before food) to aid energy levels and Isotonic should be taken in the evening one hour before bed for maximum benefits.