These past few weeks sure have been some challenging times for many around the globe.
In the face of this pandemic, many of us find our days riding a wave of emotions. From the desire to help and change something to the feeling of helplessness and a sense that we have no control over the situation, it is only natural that anxiety and fear have begun to take root and leave us feeling frazzled, worried and overwhelmed.
There are many known causes and reason for anxiety, some of them physiological in nature and some more situational, like our current reality with COVID-19. While you may have already started to take it upon yourself to practice some self-care practices to help your stress during this time – like limiting your news consumption, focusing on getting more rest, or spending more time with loved ones – there is one healthy practice you may not have yet considered.
That’s right. One way to help manage anxious thoughts is by nourishing your gut in a strategic way! That’s because our digestive systems support many processes throughout our body – including how we make and create new neurotransmitters.
Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers in the brain that are responsible for mood regulations, such as serotonin and dopamine. Many of these digestive processes are affected by probiotics or the good bacteria that live in our gut!
As we all continue to ride the waves of emotions from dealing with the pandemic, it will be of good health and wealth to keep some of these strategies in mind as we all advance forward.
Build a healthy gut biome. You can begin to support a healthy gut by eating an anti-inflammatory diet, with low levels of gluten and dairy. We also recommend taking a probiotic supplement, in addition to increasing good fats, like olive oil, coconut oil, or ghee. Finally, consuming fermented foods like kombucha and kefir naturally contain probiotic bacteria.
Here at Med Free Living, we know that we will all ultimately be okay – but right now we need the strength, endurance and self-compassion to get through this unprecedented and historic journey that is truly testing all of us.