5. Reduce Intake of HFCS
Mostly found in highly processed foods, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and sugar should be avoided as much as possible. These two types of sweeteners increase the growth of bad bacteria such as fungi and yeast.
Try to limit the amount of refined and processed sugar in your diet.
6. Avoid Unecessary Antibiotics
While some may require the use of antibiotics in extreme situations, this class of drug doesn’t discern between good and bad bacteria.
The use of antibiotics can change your microbiome, promoting unfriendly groups of bacteria, such as Firmicutes. Firmicutes increase your risk of obesity.
Animal research shows that when you change the animals’ microbiome using antibiotics, they gain weight. In fact, antibiotics are given to cattle to make them fatter, faster. The same thing occurs in your body, which is why avoiding unnecessary antibiotics is so important.
7. Meditate and Relax
Too much stress can affect your gut bacteria as well as your brain. Take time each day to meditate and relax. You don’t have to spend a lot of time on this. Just 15 minutes in the morning or evening is enough to make a difference.
Maintaining a healthy gut is key to maintaining a healthy, well-functioning brain. While dietary changes aren’t always sufficient treatment for mental disorders like depression and anxiety, your diet can have a huge impact on how you feel overall.