The Mind-Gut Connection

Mind-Gut Connection

The Mind-Gut Connection

Our entire lives we’ve heard, “You are what you eat.” Now there is science behind it!

A microbiome is the community of microorganisms living together in a particular habitat. Humans, animals and plants have their unique microbiomes, but so do soils, oceans and even buildings.

The human gut has a microbiome that starts when we’re born and over our lives evolves based on our eating habits and environments. The cool thing: Our guts and brains talk to each other. There is new scientific evidence that our guts THINK, which gives a whole new meaning to “I have a gut feeling.”

The following excerpt from a National Institutes of Health article discusses the gut’s microbiome and overall health, and how diet may play a role in steering both. This is important for everyone, but the implications are huge for senior living operators. You can change the physical health and mental health of your residents by feeding them a wide variety of healthy foods.

“There may exist a gut microbiota signature that promotes intestinal inflammation and subsequent systemic low-grade inflammation, which in turn promotes the development of type 2 diabetes. There are preliminary studies that suggest that the consumption of probiotic bacteria such as those found in yogurt and other fermented milk products can beneficially alter the composition of the gut microbiome, which in turn changes the host metabolism. Obesity, insulin resistance, fatty liver disease, and low-grade peripheral inflammation are more prevalent in patients with in patients with” a low diversity of bacterial species in the gut microbiome than they are in patients with high diversity.

Similarly, a 2017 study found that fiber is intimately tied with the health of our gut microbes. A proper fiber diet feeds and makes these bacteria thrive, increasing in number and kind. So it’s not just fermented products; it’s also eating a wide variety of vegetables with fiber.

At The Culinary Coach, our menus are based on fresh foods cooked properly and in exciting, creative ways. For example, for a Sonoma, California, client we created a specialized cycle menu based on living in wine country!

Cheers! And now, go eat your vegetables.