Your gut and your brain have a unique ability to communicate to your nervous system, your immune system and your hormones (commonly known as the gut-brain connection)
This also means that the state of your gut also plays a big role in your mood (and your mood can also affect your gut). Other than experiencing stress or trauma – this is why many mental disorders are due to a combination of leaky gut, food allergies, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, omega-3 deficiencies and blood sugar imbalances.
It is no surprise that all of these are associated with inflammation (I highly recommend looking into the link between chronic inflammation + mental illness if this interests you). Healthy fats are highly anti-inflammatory.
Our brains are composed of 60% fat, which means that our brains need fat to work correctly.
This is why a balanced diet and consuming enough healthy fats is so important for optimal health.
This is also why essential fatty acids are called “essential” (we cannot make them ourselves, and we must get them through our diet), as they are essential for brain development.
What are my healthy fat source staples?
1. Avocado (obv)
2. Nuts and seeds
3. Whole eggs
5. Olive oil