Coping with COVID-19: What Are You Feeding Your Gut?

Guts.

Today we have a guest post from the fabulous Danielle Reardon, a wellness coach and founder of  The Well-Intended.  Danielle is offering some super helpful tips for supportive nutrition during the pandemic and beyond. Here’s her knowledge bomb for you…

The proverb, “you are what you eat” resonates now more than ever.  I took this to heart a few years ago, on the brink of career burnout and physical exhaustion, and made simple changes to my diet and lifestyle that were absolutely transformative to my quality of life.

70% of your immune cells lie in your gut AND your gut bacteria produces the bulk of your neurotransmitters.  This means that what you consume can directly affect your mental wellbeing and your immunity. 

Here are a handful of suggestions to help encourage good gut microbes via your grocery cart 🛒:

Here are some of the best foods to stock in your refrigerator and pantry all the time, but especially when you’re stuck at home:

  1. Fresh and organic fruits and veggies – especially dark, leafy greens 🥬, lower-sugar fruits 🍇, and other nutrient-dense foods noted here
  2. Raw and unsalted nuts and seeds 
  3. Gluten-free whole grains like quinoa
  4. Lean protein sources (I personally skip red meats as much as possible as that is also a pro-inflammatory food)
  5. Healthy fats like avocado 🥑 and olive oil

Sincerely,
Ben

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