THE EFFECTS OF GUT HEALTH ON YOUR MOOD – HOW EATING FOODS THAT PROMOTE A HEALTHY GUT CAN LEAD TO A BETTER MOOD AND MINDSET

Good morning friends!

Here at SOMAVET we have spent the last 3 weeks since the beginning of Jan testing out the cyclical meal plan that was created by Kathryn Asher and a number of her affiliate colleagues in nutritional psychology and endocrinology to see if we could notice the benefits and difference when it comes to hormones, sleep and mood.

It is scientifically proven that it takes the body 3 months (90 days) to reset itself properly from start of a program to shed load in to a new cycle and that is why we have chosen to include this 90 life lab challenge in to our March 21st edition so that those looking to really deep dive on their health and wellbeing can follow a tailor made, realistic 90 day step by step guide that looks at how you can improve your hormone function, sleep, gut health and mood by simply implementing a cyclical meal plan that incorporates natural, seasonal and locally available foods that are easy enough to put together as meals for you and your family and that are based on what to eat at specific times of your cycle (Guys, you can do this too it is absolutely fine, if not entirely encouraged)

We will put a link to the LIFE LAB HERE for you to head to for the FULL break down but, this post is about the science of how these meal plans benefit your gut health and what effects that change has on your overall mood AND we can tell you that after only 25 days in, we are all feeling GREAT!

It has been reported by most on our team that they feel lighter, more energetic and they are really enjoying putting meals together or at least their other halves are (we have a couple that can’t even make toast 🙂 and as it’s linked to the PLANTOEAT app they can click straight on the meal they wish to make and all the ingredients and shopping lists are right there so it’s a super easy way to reduce time and cost etc but, LET’S GET BACK TO THE SCIENCE////

So, you know how if you feel like something isn’t quite right? You have a sense that something is off? You’re uncomfortable, on edge or feel uneasy? That sinking feeling in your stomach brings on the twinges and can make you feel that perhaps you need the loo or you end up doubled over in pain caused by panic and stress? Well, that’s your 2nd brain talking. The one that’s closely linked to your intuitive sensory brain in your actual brain but instead of it being in your head, it’s in your guts. All those sayings, ‘I haven’t got the guts to do it’ or ‘Always trust your gut’ or ‘That gut feeling’ well, they’re not just hog wash sayings. They truly count! And then you have Hippocrates that clearly stated in all his elaborate wisdom that, ALL DISEASE BEGINS IN THE GUT and LET FOOD BE THY MEDICINE AND MEDICINE BE THY FOOD – Suggesting that, if we are mindful with what we eat, then our health will replenish and our mood and mind will thrive!

THE INSTINCTIVE, INTUITIVE SECOND BRAIN

The science of our brain, for those interested in the facts and fundamentals state that the gut is, as mentioned above, our 2nd brain. What does that mean?

Neurons are basic building blocks in the nervous system, which transmit information throughout the body. The human gut is lined with over 100 million neurons – more than are present in the spinal cord. Scientists believe that neurons are present in the gut to deal with the complex digestive process, without your brain getting involved. But our gut brain gets involved in lots of other interactions, too. Bacteria in the gut produce neurotransmitters, or chemical messengers, such as dopamine, serotonin and GABA. Information is then passed from the gut to the brain via the VAGUS NERVE which runs all the way from your abdomen to the brain stem.

So this means that the food you eat is directly responsible for your gut bacteria and the environment that is cultivated within your gut (your MICROBIOME – AKA your MINI BIOLOGICAL ME , which is therefore responsible for your emotional wellbeing as it directly correlates to your hormone production, digestion and brain function – thus, MOOD. It is a very syncopated system that if treated to function harmoniously, will do so and will benefit you to the maximum but otherwise, you’re gonna pay the consequences of a volatile system that is the feeding ground for all other areas of disease and imbalance throughout the rest of the body, mind and spirit. Taking care of your gut wants to be your number 1 priority and then everything else will slot in to place.

We’re going to be chatting with a number of Gut Health advocates over the next coming months to help Kathryn alongside her LIFE LAB and that can shed light from a scientific perspective, creative and food prep perspective and also spiritual perspective so that all bases are covered because there are many that believe that the best way to support your gut is through a meat based diet whereas there are many that would suggest the alternative and that plant based is the best way forwards. Well, there’s always a polarity in everything in life, that’s for sure BUT, we are going to base our conversations and our plans and programs around versatile options that can suit everyone’s needs and desires and also look at how the little swaps and drops can make such a huge difference but for now…..

What are the TOP 5 things that you can do to support your gut health?

  • HYDRATE – Drink CLEAN, FILTERED water (We’re coming in hard later in Feb with a discussion about this from one of our toxic load experts Catherine Farrant) but wherever possible please drink from running water sources that have filter systems on and avoid bottled water as even if bottling filtered water after 4 hours the acidity levels rise so much and your water is no longer living, it is effectively DEAD therefore will not hydrate you in the way water is designed to. Spring water, running water is by far the better option than anything bottled
  • DO NOT EAT ATE AT NIGHT – Give your body time to rest and digest. If you are on a fasting program, when you start eating in your day might vary but we suggest that stopping food intake at 7pm will give your digestive system time to rest and restore
  • SLEEP – One of the best things you can do for your gut health is to do NOTHING AT ALL and simply sleep. Go to bed at a good time each night and make sure that you haven’t eaten too close to bedtime (See above) and that you allow your body time to fully rest and replenish. Your body LOVES it when you’re asleep because all your cells and tissues repair while you are in the land of nod, your immune system gets its cytokine boost that helps fight free radicals and inflammation and all of your hormones are hard at work to make sure they repair and reset the systems needed to work best for you so, GO TO SLEEP!
  • GET FERMENTING – Fermented foods are preserved using an age-old process that not only boosts the food’s shelf life and nutritional value, but can give your body a dose of healthy probiotics, which are live microorganisms crucial to healthy digestion. It’s become increasingly popular and good that it has, that foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi and kefir have made their ways on to the food isles but while they’re great add in’s for your tummy, they’re even better if you can make them yourself and it’s super easy to do so…Check out MISTYS_GUT_INSTINCT for some fab fermenting facts and ideas!
  • REDUCE SUGAR, GLUTEN AND DAIRY – Unless it’s in raw form or of very good quality, most store bought dairy products can wreak havoc on your gut health but that’s not the case for raw milk or Greek yoghurt that has the live bacteria known to aid healthy bacteria cultivation and so chose wisely when it comes to cheese, milk and so on. Just an FYI but ALL parmesan is raw so YAY. But wherever possible also reduce gluten and SUGAR is a nightmare on your gut as it feeds overgrowth of bacteria that can lead to candida, yeast overgrowth and parasitic infections so swap for honey instead!

We will continue on our GUT CHATS over the next few months but we thought, given it’s the middle of winter and all our moods are low enough given that simple fact alone, let’s look at ways that we can increase our mood and if a simple few bits and pieces as above can help, give them a go!

Anyone interested in Kathryn’s cyclical LIFE LAB meal plan can join either via our quarterly membership or annual membership though she is also selling the SUPER CYCLE MEAL PLAN as a stand along sale item via her site so ANYONE not just vets can purchase this should you be interested. These make a fab gift for people that would like ways to help out friends or family members and she is running her sale in conjunction to our March release so you can buy it now in January Sale ready for our MARCH SUPER START where we all take our power back and get in shape, MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT!

Love your guts and yourself from all of us at

HOW TO MANAGE / SUPPORT SOMEONE WITH DEPRESSION / ANXIETY IN THE WORK PLACE AND AT HOME

One of the hardest things we can face is living or working with someone struggling with depression or anxiety but, the ABSOLUTE HARDEST thing we can face is actually having depression or anxiety and not feeling as though you are supported by those around you

Our upcoming LIFE LAB will be a program featured in our March 2023 wellness in the work place edition and looks at how we can really support those that we work with and live with that are facing mental and emotional trauma, through no fault of their own and how we can enforce realistic, effective and compassionate structures and incentives in and around the work place, throughout the work force and in the home environment to help those in need and at the same time help your self and your team

It it such a challenge working or living with someone that is unsure of how to regulate their own mental health and we’re often guilty of bypassing or gaslight them or brushing matters under the carpet so that it doesn’t rub off on your work day or home life but these issues are increasingly becoming a huge concern and we must look and act to be inclusive and supportive to those in need

WHY ARE SO MANY STRUGGLING WITH MENTAL HEALTH RIGHT NOW?

No one can be blamed for not being able to handle all that life throws at us, that’s for sure! It is more due to circumstantial pressures such as work load, finances, rising living costs, relationships, social circumstances, fast paced living and a general disconnect to natural /cyclical surroundings and all these external influences cause overwhelm and burn out which stacked up can really take their toll on our management of our mental, emotional and physical health.

At some point we all feel this though for those that feel it more so or that have deep depression or anxiety, whatever the cause, it is the responsibility of those in Management to make sure that those vulnerable members of the work force have the support they need before mounting pressure becomes too much to bare.

If you’re a practice or Business that would like to join our group membership that enables our LIFE LAB for all your team, our January offer for 25% off is still running until the end of the month. Please visit https://fortisonehealth.foundation/home/ or if you don’t want to invest in the whole group package but you have someone in your practice or work place that you believe is struggling and this could be a fantastic program for them individually, please check out our single user sale on our site that also has discount until the end of Jan. 

Mental health is not something we go through alone, it is an inclusive and collaborative effort that requires proper maintenance and support 

Join us in making sure everyone’s supported this year! Everyone deserves it!

WHAT IS FEATURED IN THIS QUARTERS LIFE LAB AND WORK PLACE INCENTIVES?

check out our MARCH MAGAZINE page for all the briefings

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THE SOMAVET HEALTH AND WELLNESS PODCAST

A BIG HELLO from the team at SOMAVET Health!

A place where the voices of the Veterinary world, healthcare world and the world of Environmental Science can come together to share insights and opinions through fun, diverse and engaging discussions for all to hear

As the World continues to change, adapt and evolve, HEALTH AND WELLBEING is a collective collaborate effort of understanding healthcare concept in a unified, inclusive way and looks to focus on animal, human and eco- health as a connected union rather than parts and pieces that often get lost or misplaced along the way.

SO WHY ARE WORK PLACE INCENTIVES FOR MENTAL HEALTH SO IMPORTANT?

Please have a quick read through our HOW TO IMPLEMENT WELLBEING IN VETERINARY PRACTICE AND WHY YOU SHOULD for all the stats and info on the current sector stresses

An intro from us:

I am your host, Kathryn Asher. I come from a trained background in Psychology, in particular in behavioural psychology and I have worked in the Veterinary and human healthcare sector since 2014. I started working in Veterinary research and development back in 2018 focusing on qualitative research groups, finding out how people we’re feeling with a particular interest being spent on the mental health and wellbeing of those on the front line. Since then, I have helped to grow our insights projects using my strengths in behaviour and strategic forecasting as I saw the markets change some years ago and predicted the likely outcomes that I now see playing out in front of us. It is an interesting place to be sat in where the very changes you anticipated come to live right in front of you and with that and the understanding of how and why, I have spent a number of years now connecting with likeminded forces in the fields to collaborate and share insights that decode the developments and influence the ways forward. Now, it is the voices of those on the frontline that matter as you’re all the ones doing the hard work that makes the difference. We want to hear from you and share your views and considerations and find out how, given all these changes that are now undeniable, you’re all feeling!

This podcast looks to focus on the research group topics we have currently running. You can find details of our FOCUS GROUPS which are live and will continue to run until mid 2024 so there is plenty of time to join in. The topics in these groups will be what is covered throughout our podcast discussions so there can be further elaboration and predictive analytics that can be shared for a wider audience and for the benefit of our interconnected sectors going forwards.

BUT WE WILL ALSO BE LOOKING AT ………

We identify the problems within our current system and with them propose how we can dissolve what doesn’t work and aim to restructure in a positive way. How problem solving and risk assessments need to factor in the voices of everyone within the workforce and beyond and not just those within the professions that lead.

We look at ways to manage our own health and how to make sure that we are supporting each other in practice and step up to the table where needs be. We need to make sure our policies and practice protocols are fair and that equality in the workplace is prioritised. We need to consider the future way forward that prioritises people over profit and make sure our ethics and standards are coming from a place of integrity that values our workforce and if not, how changes can be made to implement new methods that can help influence balance.

Do you want to get involved? Do you want to share your work? knowledge? Insight?

Let us know! Book in for an interview with us by sending your request to insights@fortis-vets.com

Please check us out and tune in to the podcast when it goes live in Jan 2023 and share away, get in touch, get involved!

As always, a huge thank you to everyone that so far has contributed towards the development and growth of this universally wonderful project and a huge thank you to those of you yet to jump on board! Let’s have fun and get this show on the road!