It is becoming increasingly clear that depression has an inflammatory component. And more specifically, a very likely source from an inflammation of the intestine. There is a wealth of evidence demonstrating the role of the gut in many neurological diseases. Knowing this, it seems obvious that nourishing your intestinal flora throughout your life is extremely important, because you truly have two brains, one in the skull, the other in the intestines, and both must be nourished.
To reverse the situation, first be sure to “reseed” your intestines regularly with good bacteria, or probiotics, which are the basis of a healthy gastrointestinal system.
Here are some recommendations for optimizing your gut bacteria:
Fermented foods are still the best way to optimize your digestive health, as long as you only eat traditionally fermented, unpasteurized foods. Raw fermented (unpasteurized), organic, grass-fed milk, such as kefir, pickled vegetables such as cabbage, turnips, eggplant, cucumbers, onions, pumpkins, and carrots, and natto ( fermented soy), are good choices of fermented foods.
If you regularly eat this type of unpasteurized food (pasteurization kills natural probiotics), your good gut bacteria will thrive.
If you don’t eat fermented foods, it’s a good idea to take a probiotic supplement, knowing how important they are for optimizing your mental health. Probiotics have a direct effect on brain chemistry, transmitting signals that regulate mood – and behavior – to your brain, via the vagus nerve, and this is one of the other reasons why your gut health can have such an influence on your mental health, and vice versa.
Here are two other important factors to treat gastrointestinal inflammation and help relieve depression:
Omega-3 fatty acids of animal origin: they not only regulate inflammatory processes and responses, but also have a positive influence on the course of depressive disorders. If you suffer from depression, taking a daily supplement of good quality animal-based omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish oil, is therefore a simple and sensible measure.
Vitamin D: Most people are unaware that vitamin D deficiencies are linked to inflammation and depression. A previous study showed that people with the lowest vitamin D levels were 11 times more prone to depression than those with normal levels, so you need to be careful to keep your levels within a healthy range, by exposing yourself to enough vitamin D. Sun. You can also take a good quality vitamin D3 supplement.
Finally, be sure to limit the consumption of sugar and fructose, it is one of the main ways to stop sustaining gastrointestinal inflammation.