Jada Pinkett Smith Is Opening Up About Her Gut Problems — Eat This Not That

When your gut is unhealthy, this can lead to various problems. Jada Pinkett Smith—who is with 70 million Americans with digestive issues — knows this is why she opened up about her gut issues during the December 22 episode of “Red Table Talk” on Facebook Watch.

Besides undergoing a colonoscopy to help identify gut issues you’re likely to encounter, the actor and host also spoke with experts to dig into how gut health affects everything from weight gain and stomach issues to bloating, fatigue, pain, migraines, and food allergies. Moreover, it can also affect your brain.

“They say the gut is like the second brain in the body,” Pinkett Smith said in an exclusive clip provided to her. Eat this, not that! “I think people should also have a greater understanding that we are putting toxic foods into our bodies, [and that’s] We will help create toxic feelings, toxic moods.”

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She went on to say that she addressed her digestive issues by cutting out gluten, eggs, chicken, and oatmeal, Pinkett-Smith revealed that after eliminating the latter as breakfast, she now begins her days feeling “happy” and stimulated rather than feeling “very, very low, [and] Very depressed.”

“This is the concept that there are physical and chemical connections between our central nervous system — our brain — and our gut,” Dr. Voula May, a gastroenterologist at UCLA, noted during the full episode. “There are millions of nerve endings in our stomach, colon and digestive system” as well as “two-way communication” between these areas “at all times,” she added. Because of these connections, the state of our gut influences our mental state.

Sean M Talbot, Ph.D., author Mental Fitness – Maximizing mood, motivation and mental wellness by optimizing your brain and body environment, Says Eat this, not that!: “I often tell people that ‘what you feel is not just in your head – but also in your gut’ because the majority of our neurotransmitters are made in our gut – 90% is serotonin (happiness), 70% is our dopamine (motivation), the majority of our GABA (relax), etc.”

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Talbot adds that “by managing our gut bacteria (microbiome) and improving the health of our gut, we can improve how we feel — with less stress and a higher resilience to stress.”

On how to keep your gut healthy, Jumha Abu Rezek, Senior Nutrition Coach at StoopidFit, offers some advice: “Some of the best ways to improve gut health include chewing your food more thoroughly (digestion starts in the mouth), and controlling the addition. reduce use of NSAIDs or PPIS (aspirin, ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Prilosec, and Nexium all weaken the gut lining), include more fiber and protein-rich foods in your diet, get 7-9 hours of sleep a night, and control Your daily stress (mental, emotional and physical stress, all of which lead to inflammation within the body).”

To learn more about how to keep your gut in good shape, be sure to read about eating habits to avoid if you want a healthy gut, dietitians say.

Watch the all-new episode of “Red Table Talk” on Wednesday, December 22 at 9AM PT / 12PM ET on Facebook Watch.

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