The Gut Microbiome and Mental Health

Did you know there are about 40,000,000,000,000 micro-organisms in your gut!

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YES, I know, yikes!! 

So many factors interplay and shape our unique microbiome. But one we can lead on is what we eat!
The foods we regularly eat impact our microbiome, and over time can have a measurable effect on our gut health, well-being, and even our mental health! 

What does our gut microbiome do? 

Well, scientists are starting to understand just how much our microbiome impacts both our mood and metabolism. What's clear is how important it is to take care of our gut bacteria, because it turns out they are super important for our health and mental well-being.

Did you know that our gut supports our mood by producing most of our feel-good hormones? 50% of Dopamine and up to 95% of our Serotonin is produced in the gut. 

It being #mentalhealthday today, my top tip for gut health, try decreasing your intake of ultra-processed foods and increasing your intake of ‘real’ foods and fibre. Our gut bugs love munching on fibre so try soluble fibre think: oats, apples, avocados amongst many others, and insoluble fibre think: nuts, seeds, the skin of many vegetables.

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Cara Wheatley-McGrain

Coach| Speaker | Author | Psychologies Ambassador, The Mindful Gut UK

Cara Wheatley-McGrain is a coach, speaker, and Hay House author. 

Cara is an expert patient who has lived with IBD and IBS for
20 years. Following a hospitalization that resulted in her almost losing her colon, Cara resolved to develop a more mindful and empowered relationship with her gut. She has spent the last two decades cultivating an authentic whole-life approach to mindful, compassionate and intuitive gut care – and is now dedicated to sharing this powerful message of self-care and holistic healing with those who are experiencing both short- and long-term symptoms of incurable IBS and IBD.

Cara offers workshops to inspire people to learn to love and listen to their gut, and to raise awareness of the connection between good gut health and mental health. She has a particular passion for raising awareness of gut health and perimenopause and menopause. 

Cara's book on Gut Health, Well Being and Compassion will be published by Hay House in January 2022.