A Healthy Gut for a Beautiful Mind

It is not entirely true what they say – you are what you eat. An unhealthy gut is not only caused by processed food  & too much sugar it can be caused but by other factors. Bacteria in the gut is determined by a mix of genetics, lifestyle factors, diet, exercise, stress and toxin exposure which all play a huge role in the gut’s bacterial makeup. The more I delve into brain health the more I am excited to discover that so many neurological diseases could possibly be prevented by having a healthy tummy. Researchers are busy investigating ways to prevent Alzheimers Disease and delay its onset by targeting gut bacteria early on before people are aware of it.

In the meantime there are so many ways we can obtain a healthy gut for a Beautiful Mind. Here’s my week on what I discovered.

Day 1  – Kombucha

I decided to start at what is hot and trendy right now. The very talented cook and food blogger, Katrina Horton, came to the rescue with a freshly made batch of Ginger & Kaffir Lime Kombucha. Known as the “Immortal Health Elixir” by the Chinese and originating in the Far East around 2,000 years ago, kombucha is a beverage with huge possibilities. Ultimately, this cocktail of good bacteria interact together in a unique way to produce some unbelievable health benefits for those who drink it.

Kombucha contains folic acid, an important B vitamin that works with vitamin B12 to reduce risk factor for heart disease. B vitamins may prevent and correct deficiencies caused by aging, cancer, Crohn’s disease, heart disease, immunodepression (including AIDS & CFIDS), memory loss (including Alzheimer’s disease), osteoporosis, and periodontal disease.

I am now hooked. I had a crazy thought that I could add some vodka to make a delishes cocktail, but quickly slapped myself. The benefits are enormous so this will definitely be a daily drink of choice and hey it may even take over my love of Gin & Tonic as it almost tastes alcoholic!

Katrina’s Ginger & Lime Kaffir Kombucha


Day 2 –  Temple Powders

I have been slightly obsessed learning about Korean Temple Food where fermenting is key. What I really adore is that the fact that the food prepared by buddhist monks comes from the heart with love and awakens your mind and calms. This has inspired me to create my own well being powders that I bespoke to what the body needs – clear skin, energy, sleep? Here is one I have created for my daughter Jasmin and I for anxiety and stress, made with compassion and love for a Beautiful Mind

Charlottes Temple Powder for a Beautiful Mind

Ashwagandha

Fermented Chlorella

Matcha Tea

Fermented Chlorella

Kiwi Fruit Powder

Fermented Grape Extract

Lime Kaffir Powder

Kiwi Fruit Powder

Ashwagandha is an Ayurvedic herb that helps to reduce the effects of stress on the nervous system, which cuts back on the adrenaline, ‘fight or flight,’ response, leaving us with more energy.

Matcha green tea has more antioxidants, EGCG, and l-theanine than any superfood or drink; relieves stress, increases mental energy and lowers disease risk.

Chlorella is a superfood that we can all benefit from, being high in plant protein, fiber and healthy fats which are all important nutrients needed for gut and digestive health. It also helps to eliminate heavy metals from your body which can cause distress to the central nervous system and could also cause neuro diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Grape Seed Extract contains a vast array of health-giving ingredients, such as protein, lipids, carbohydrates and is loaded with antioxidants, more powerful than vitamin e and 50 times greater than vitamin c.

I blended my Temple Powder with spinach, kale, a frozen banana and coconut water. It tastes a bit earthy but it is worth it knowing all the goodness it will be creating. As we will be taking my Temple powder over a one month period I will keep you posted

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Day 3 –  Get Dirty

Don’t be afraid of a little dirt. Over the last century we have been told to keep everything meticulously clean and people have become a bit obsessed with hand sanitising gel. Now we are discovering that we actually benefit from exposure to dirt and bacteria. The microbes from the soil train our immune system to work properly. So, get outside and garden, play with your dog, or just simply roll around in a lush garden of grass for the pure fun of it.  When you are having a wash up make sure you use natural soap and water, rather than antibacterial products that wipe out all your good bacteria. Oh and don’t forget to try and avoid taking anti biotics unless you are desperate


Day 4 – De Stress

Stress can lead to so many digestive issues and sadly my mother had experienced terrible irritable bowel which may be a contributor to Alzheimer’s. The problem might not be what you’re eating, but how you feel when you’re eating it. Women typically are more stressed out than men and it presents itself in the stomach.

Our gut contains some crazy critters called microbes which include things like bacteria, fungi, protists and viruses.  Basically, it’s the ecosystem of microbes that live on you and within you – some good and bad. The good news is that we can do things to reduce the bad to help in turn get rid of unhealthy stress.

There are many ways to cut back on stress – my favourite is meditation, yoga, breathing through your tummy and spending time in nature – to name a few.  I decided to try a new approach called the The Body Scan which was developed by a clinical psychologist and long-time Buddhist practitioner Jon-Kabat Zinn to cultivate greater awareness of the ways the unconscious thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can undermine emotional, physical, and spiritual health.  It has been clinically proven to not only reduce stress but relieve chronic pain and illness.  You can download a free audio recording of the Body Scan here.

In the afternoon when I put my mother to bed to give her a massage and body a break from her wheel chair it is the perfect time to do a body scan. I snuggled up next to her as I felt she would benifit through my relaxation too. This will now definitely be a part of our afternoon routine.

A wonderful week I have had with a new appreciation for gut health. Bringing in fermented food into my diet, de stressing more and my Temple powders will now be a regular occurrence for a Beautiful Mind

love

Charlotte

Published by: Charlotte Devereux

As a child I was privileged growing up with an entrepreneurial mother, father & grandmother who’s incredible business acumen and innovative spirit passed onto me my love for creating. It’s in my blood. I embrace the power of possibility considering new ways to prevent Alzheimer's & depression as well as delving back in time to ancient rituals . I am in my happiest place when mixing up lotions and potions. I get to fulfil this with my product development role at Girl Undiscovered - 100% wild skincare which I founded with my two business partners in 2015. I always try and get in a headstand in each morning for an instant face lift and endorphin rush. A 10 minute meditation helps me to keep calm and juggle a crazy beautiful 7 year old and two dynamiyc yet challenging teenagers, an energetic Labrador and a hard working, paddle board crazy husband. My previous life as a pregnancy clothing designer for my business EGG has put me in touch with the magical way the body changes and sparked my interest in wellbeing. A natural progression for me in keeping skin healthy, body nurtured and mind supported through exercise, diet and wellbeing. Caring for my darling mother who has Alzheimer's and my journey on the prevention helps me to remember my inner girl as the curious, kind and creative one I continue to want to be.

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