Antidepressant use among Americans is skyrocketing. Adults in the U.S. consumed four times more antidepressants in the late 2000s than they did in the early 1990s. As the third most frequently taken medication in the U.S., researchers estimate that 8 to 10 percent of the population is taking an antidepressant.
Our guts are our second brain helping to regulate emotions and hormones. When the environment in the gut is restored to optimal health, we can begin to experience less symptoms of depression, anxiety and mood swings.
Feeding your gut the food that will allow it to flourish instead of just scrape by is essential to living a full, happy and healthy life. Foods that support and restore gut health include all the natural plants that you can buy at your local farmers market or grocery store. When we cut out the processed, packaged and refined foods and begin to eat closer to what nature intended for us, we begin to feed the good bacteria in our guts.
Optimal weight, clear skin, improved digestion, less fatigue, reduced inflammation and optimal brain function are all symptoms of a restored gut. Feeding the "good guys" allows them to thrive in our guts and our bodies begin to crave more fruits and veggies. This positive feedback loop works for you in a way that will support you in every area of your life.
You can begin adding in more raw plants to your diet right now! Here is a simple recipe for an anytime smoothie packed with plants that will allow you begin adding more gut loving foods into your diet.
1 small banana, frozen
1/2 cup pineapple
1 handful kale or spinach
1 tsp chia seeds
2 tbsp plant-based protein powder (optional)
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup almond milk
Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!
What are some of your favorite fruit and veggie smoothies?