How Superfood Lattes Impact Your Mental Health
You’ve probably heard the phrase “go with your gut”, or have felt butterflies in your stomach. But did you know that your gut, a.k.a. colon or large intestine, is called the “second brain”? That's because our gut has its own nervous system, complete with 5x the neurons in our spinal cord, and it produces many neurotransmitters. This means our gut health can significantly impact our mental health, emotions, feelings, and thoughts!
The Science Behind the Gut
Our gut bacteria play a crucial role in this system. While our body digests most of the food we eat, certain elements like fiber, probiotics, prebiotics, and additives end up in our gut, where our gut bacteria ferment and digest them. Foods high in fiber, plant compounds, probiotics, and prebiotic fibers feed our beneficial bacteria, promoting overall well-being. On the other hand, a diet high in artificial non-caloric sweeteners, additives, preservatives, processed, and ultra-processed foods can lead to an imbalance in gut bacteria, potentially causing various health issues.
The Gut-Brain Axis
The communication between our brain and gut, known as the Gut-Brain Axis, primarily occurs through our vagus nerve. Surprisingly, 90% of this communication is from our gut to our brain. For instance, when you consume specific foods, the bacteria that consume those foods can influence your appetite and taste perception for similar items. So, eating healthy foods can naturally lead to craving healthier options!
Blume + Gut Health
The superfood ingredients in Blume lattes are full of powerful plant phytochemicals that can support gut health. For example, matcha may seem low in nutrients on a Nutrition Panel, but it's abundant in chlorophyll and antioxidants like catechins. These catechins, when metabolized in the gut, become short chain fatty acids, supporting anti-inflammatory benefits, increasing probiotics in the gut, and protecting vital organs like the brain, heart, and liver.
Blume's superfood blends introduce new and diverse ingredients to your diet, effectively feeding a wide variety of gut bacteria and promoting improved gut health.
What Can You Do?
- Focus on a diet rich in fiber, fermented foods, and plant-based phytochemicals.
- Embrace variety by trying new foods and incorporating different plant-based options.
Prioritize mental health and practice mindfulness to support the Gut-Brain Axis.
Shop Blume Superfood Latte Blends
Are you ready to take control of your gut health and support your overall well-being? Discover the power of Blume Superfood Lattes, crafted with organic, plant-based ingredients that nourish your body and mind. Explore our selection of delightful flavors and experience the goodness of superfoods in every sip. Embrace a healthier lifestyle with Blume Superfood Latte Blends today!
Cicely Huinink is a Nutritional Scientist and Blume's very own Product Development Specialist. With a BSc. in Nutritional and Nutraceutical Sciences and MSc. in Human Health and Nutritional Sciences from the University of Guelph, her goal is to make information about science, wellness, and functional foods fun and accessible.