art and text by Laura Webb
WHAT IS THE GUT
The gut is increasingly viewed as the second brain of the body. Playing its role as a line of defense interacting intimately with our food, it is also important for the creation of biochemical derivatives like neurotransmitters and vitamins. It’s responsible for many of the food transformations that ensure that our bodies are being fed properly.
GUT / HEALTH
Everyone’s microbiome is different. We have not yet been able to determine the composition of a healthy gut due to the variability of micro bacteria that co-exist. However, we can determine the that dysbiosis, or the disbalance of the gut microbiome can lead to some really nasty outcomes.
GUT / MENTAL HEALTH
This is where food and mood come into play. The food that we eat is closely linked to mental health. As many of us might have observed, when we consume foods that are not optimal to our well-being, we might not fell the best. Other times when we eat food that nourish us, we function optimally and might be more alert and attentive.
TAKE THIS AWAY WITH YOU
We should alls try and ferment something. Not only does the product you are making help your gut but buying and fermenting food can be fun and help reduce food waste (wash and ferment vegetables that you have too much of!)