Our gut has also been referred to as our second brain, as our mood and behaviour can be influenced by how healthy our digestive function is.
There is a strong link between depression and behavioural problems such as ADHD and autism in children, with an imbalance of gut bacteria. A large percentage of our neurotransmitters like serotonin are actually produced in our gut. In fact 80% of our body’s total serotonin is found in the gut.
So it is important to nourish and support the growth of our beneficial intestinal bacteria to help to promote healthy brain function, mood and behaviour. One of the best ways of doing that is by eating more probiotic-rich fermented foods like yoghurt, kefir, miso and cultured vegetables like raw sauerkraut.