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5 Apps to Help Anyone Better Manage Their Mental Health

Keeping track of your mood and finding ways to cope with and monitor your metal health is as close as an app on your phone now, according to Mashable.com. The apps include Daylio, Headspace, MoodTools, SAM and What’s Up?

I love useful health apps, and I often recommend them. But there are other ways to build on and maintain good mental health, beginning with making sure your physical health — especially gut health — is at its optimum. In fact, recent research shows that your mental health is very much dependent on the microbes in your gut.

This is because your gut is intricately connected to your brain: Embedded in the wall of your gut is your enteric nervous system (ENS), which works both independently of and in conjunction with the brain in your head. Your ENS contains 500 million neurons and is thought to be largely responsible for your "gut instincts," responding to environmental threats and sending information to your brain that affects your well-being. This communication between your "two brains" runs both ways and is the pathway for how foods affect your mood.

If you want to help your gut flora flourish, start by avoiding processed foods, chlorinated and fluoridated water and antibiotics. Then add either a probiotics supplement or, preferably, fermented foods and vegetables such as kefir and various pickled fermentations of cabbage, turnips, eggplant, cucumbers, onions, squash and carrots, all of which are an excellent way to supply beneficial bacteria back into your gut, and ultimately your brain health.
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