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The Gut-Brain Axis: A Key to Work Success - How Your Gut Health Impacts Your Mind

*Disclaimer - this article is written by Sonia Savage, and uploaded by Talentpath on her behalf. All advice has been given from a professional, Clinical Nutritionist.

The role of a healthy gut plays a huge part in success and motivation at work, and is an intriguing area of study that has gained attention in recent years. Did you know by optimising your gut health you can improve both your mood and your immune system?

Approximately 90% of the feel good neurotransmitters - dopamine and serotonin, are made in the gut. Serotonin is also a precursor to melatonin (which helps your circadian rhythm) so a bad gut could also be affecting your sleep which in turn can be impacting your mental well-being. The gut has been referred to as the ‘second brain’, so the old saying ‘what does your gut say’ really has a lot of science behind it. Our gut has trillions of bacteria and our microbiome relies on a happy balance of bacteria varieties.

What can harm your microbiome?

· Oral antibiotics

· Undiagnosed food allergies and sensitivities

· Preservatives and additives

· Antibiotics and hormones in meat

· Lack of fibre/ lack of vegetables and prebiotic food

· Certain medications like proton pump inhibitor’s (PPI’s)

What helps your gut Microbiome?

· Vegetables – quality is important, min. 3 cups per day, lots of variety

· Fibre - minimum 25 mg per day

· Prebiotic foods e.g. onion, garlic, apple cider vinegar, most sources of fibre.

· Daily bowel movements

· Chewing your food

· Managing stress

· Exercise & incidental movement

· Good levels of vitamin D, zinc and vitamin A.

While the relationship between gut health, success, and motivation at work still isn't talked about enough, it's clear that maintaining a healthy gut can contribute to an individual's overall well-being and may indirectly impact their professional life. It's important to note that gut health is just one of many factors that influence success and motivation at work. A holistic approach that includes factors like stress management, exercise and work-life balance is also crucial in achieving professional success and maintaining motivation.

Our very own Talentpath Wellness Guru, Sonia Savage balances her part-time Clinical Nutritionist role with providing us with a wealth of knowledge on how to keep happy and productive in the office. We’re excited to offer bespoke and comprehensive wellbeing programs to organisations which help to propel your business to the next level.

If this is something that you want to learn more about and are interested in pursuing a healthier and happier workforce, don't hesitate to reach out to us and begin this journey for yourself or your team.

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