Eat your way to inner peace: Dr. Michael Mosley reveals how a Mediterranean diet can improve your mood because it helps your gut produce happy hormone serotonin
- Michael Mosley, 63, appeared on This Morning today to discuss gut health
- Told that diet of fruits, nuts and vegetables, legumes can boost the immune system
- Told that 80 percent of serotonin is produced in the gut that contains trillions of brain cells
If you are looking for inner peace in turbulent times, Dr. Michael Mosley revealed why following the Mediterranean diet could boost your serotonin levels.
The medic behind the 5: 2 Dietary Phenomoneon appeared today on This Morning from his Buckinghamshire home, discussing the importance of gut health for strengthening the immune system, and recommending fruits, nuts and legumes.
He added that people have that as many brain cells in the gut wall as a cat has in its entire head and that our intestines are responsible for 80 percent of the body’s serotonin production.
He said that eating foods like olive oil, lentils, and kidney beans can have a “profound effect” on your mood because your lower abdomen sends signals to your brain that help calm you down.
Doctor Michael Mosley (photo), 63, Buckinghamshire, appeared on This Morning today, where he said that people have as many brain cells in the intestinal wall as a cat has in his entire head.
He told hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby (pictured) that a Mediterranean diet of fruits, nuts and legumes can help protect your body from attacking microbes
The Gut described the gut as your “first line of defense” and revealed, “We know the microbes that live in your gut. There are four to six pounds, they are partly there to protect you from other microbes entering.
“But they do more than defend your immune system, your microbial health is incredibly important, and it has been calculated that there are as many microbes as cells in the human body.
“There are many, probably 100 trillion, and they do a completely different job.”
When asked about his favorite way to improve gut health, he said he’s a “ big fan ” of the Mediterranean diet.
The doctor explained that you eat fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kimchi to keep your bowels healthy
The doctor said the human body has “probably 100 trillion” microbes in their gut, which weigh about four to six pounds
“It consists of olive oil and fruits and nuts and vegetables and legumes such as kidney beans and lentils. Numerous recipes are available, ”he said.
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“It stimulates the growth of good bacteria in the gut that send signals to the brain that help you calm down. Food plays a big part in the mood, which is why it’s so important to prioritize food. ‘
He then encouraged eating homemade fermented foods, such as sauerkraut and kimchi.
He then encouraged eating homemade fermented foods, such as sauerkraut and kimchi, and said that your gut produces “lots of hormones,” including serotonin. Michael is pictured in the studio This Morning in 2016
When questioned by host Holly Willoughby if it is true that 80% of the serotonin is made in the gut, he said, “Absolutely.
“Your gut is known as the second brain, you have a whole load of brain cells in your belly, as much as you would find in a cat’s head. So you have a very smart belly.
“Down there you have these brain cells and down there you make serotonin and lots of other hormones and that’s another reason they can really affect your mood.
“That’s why I take care of it and implement it and build your fortification with fermented foods.”