Food & Mood

Over recent decades, research has revealed that the gut is not only the digestive centre of the body, it plays a major role in the immune system, hormone regulation and the nervous system. Often referred to as the ‘second brain’, the gut can influence mood, behaviour and learning via its own network of nerves and its influence on The Vagus Nerve.

The Vagus Nerve is a bi-directional super-highway relaying information between the brain and internal organs, including the digestive system. It is responsible for regulating digestive organs during times of rest.  When we perceive danger and shift out of a calm state, digestion slows down. The Vagus Nerve plays a vital role in restoring balance after stressful situations, so that digestion can return to normal.

On the flip side, sensory information from the gut and organs also travels up to the brain. Studies indicate that metabolites from the bacteria living in the gut microbiome send signals to the brain via the vagus nerve. This is referred to as the Gut-Brain Axis.  

Around 80% of information travelling along the vagus nerve is upward toward the brain, making the effects of the gut on the brain rather significant!

Studies show that gut health and microbiome diversity can influence our appetite, cravings, mood, behaviours, attention, focus and memory – all of which are important for learning outcomes and wellbeing.

Since the modern diet often contains highly processed foods that are known to create inflammation in the gut, it is important to understand that food can impact much more than your waistline. It’s time to re-think the value we place on food in our lives 

We are passionate about educating and empowering others to make a real difference in their lives through good food. Our goal is to educate individuals as well as organisations and schools on where their food comes from, and what capacity it has to nourish them or the people they care for.

For individuals and families: we provide coaching to make informed choices and devise a plan tailored to your health needs and budget. We can also support you with shopping trips and cooking demonstrations.

For schools and organisations: we can provide education workshops to staff, students and food service providers. A complete program can also be developed to support implementation and success.

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people who are the Traditional Custodians of the Land on which The Sacred Nest now stands, and pay respect to the Elders both past and present of the Kulin Nation.