Fermented foods are rich in probiotic bacteria so by consuming fermented foods you are adding beneficial bacteria and enzymes to your overall intestinal flora, increasing the health of your gut microbiome and digestive system and enhancing the immune system. Fermentation can also increase the availability of vitamins and minerals for our bodies to absorb. Additionally, by boosting the beneficial bacteria in your gut, you are promoting their ability to manufacture B vitamins and synthesise vitamin K.
The gut and brain are linked, through the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. Technically called the enteric nervous system, the gut is lined with neutrons that can influence our emotions and feelings. Serotonin – a neurotransmitter involved in mood – is made in the gut and research further suggests that as probiotic bacteria contribute to a healthy gut, they are also linked to a healthy mind.
Hayley Lawrence (BSc. Psych Hons, ProfCertEd(PosEd) demonstrates how we can help build resilience, optimism, and achievement. Hayley has particular expertise relating to mental illness prevention and wellbeing promotion in education.
Hayley introduces research-based practices on how to discover strengths and talents, how to use positive emotions as a resource, and how to build strong brains. With 22 years of experience in wellbeing, specialising in guiding individuals and groups to optimum levels of health and body intelligence (BQ) through nutrition, improving digestive health, movement, meditation and mindfulness. She is currently working towards a PhD with the University of Melbourne. Her research is interested in the relationship between teacher practice and student wellbeing, particularly how to make classroom ecological wellbeing an observable phenomenon and the impact of introducing wellbeing practices within the classroom.