If you’re interested in health and wellbeing, as most any woman over 50 is likely to be, you’ve probably been reading a lot about your gut lately. Words like “probiotics” and “prebiotics” unheard of when we were young are now commonplace. And—if you want to be healthy—you’d better think: gut first. After all, your gut houses up to 70 percent of the cells that make up your immune system!
Another fascinating fact about our guts is that they actually are akin to being a second brain. According to Dr. Mark Hyman, the gut-brain connection plays an important part in our intuitive decision-making. (We already knew that one!) Moreover, the gut is the only organ (aside from our brain) with its own nervous system. It holds every class of neurotransmitter that is found in the brain and actually produces 95 percent of serotonin!
Our guts also play a critical role in the formation of those adorable muffin-tops we tend to sport as we age. In many ways, in fact, the health of your gut bacteria decides whether or not you’ll become overweight. So, for many reasons, it’s important to feed those adorable bugs inside of us food that makes them feel sassy and svelte.
We know that a fiber-rich diet containing lots of vegetables, low-sugar fruits, beans, nuts and seeds is healthy and now we know why. When your gut is happy, chances are you’ll be feeling fit and feisty for years to come!