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Have a Guuuuuut Lunar New Year

Happy Lunar New Year! As we celebrate and set new goals for the year ahead, don't forget the importance of gut health for overall well-being.


Recent research has shown that the gut microbiome, the collection of microorganisms that live in the gut, has a significant impact on not just our physical health, but our mental health as well.

 

The gut-brain axis

The connection between the gut and the brain.


The gut microbiome

=the collection of microorganisms that live in the gut, can communicate with the brain through the gut-brain axis.


Studies have shown that an imbalance in the gut microbiome, known as gut dysbiosis, can contribute to mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.



Gut Dysbiosis

an imbalance of beneficial and harmful bacteria in the gut


This can be caused by a variety of factors, such as

  • a poor diet

  • antibiotics use

  • stress

  • chronic health conditions



Symptoms of gut dysbiosis can include bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhoea, and abdominal pain.

 

How to maintain a healthy gut microbiome and gut-brain axis?

1. Focusing on diet

A diet rich in


  • fruits

  • vegetables

  • whole grain

  • lean proteins

Help promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut

Limiting processed foods and added sugars, which can disrupt the balance of gut microbiome


2. Lifestyle

Focus on :


Stress management, e.g : meditation, yoga, and exercise

  • 7-9 hours of sleep per night sleep

  • Regular physical activity

 

Here's a recipe for a delicious and gut-friendly meal:

Miso Soup with Vegetables and Tofu:

  • 4 cups vegetable broth

  • 4 tablespoons miso paste

  • 1/2 cup diced carrots

  • 1/2 cup diced celery

  • 1/2 cup diced onion

  • 1/2 cup diced bell pepper

  • 1/2 cup diced mushrooms

  • 1/2 cup tofu, cubed

  • 2 greens




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