Heal your gut, heal your brain
Updated: Oct 8, 2019
No matter how unrelated the condition may seem to be, every disease begins in the GUT.
Therefore Every therapy should address digestive system even if you are not coming with digestive complaints.
What do brain fog, lack of cognition or concentration, fatigue, ADHD, depression, anxiety and rheumatoid arthritis, have to do with your gut?
Well, what happens in your gut is vitally important for the rest of your body-if your gut is not healthy, then neither are you.
The gut is often called the “second brain”. There is indisputable correlation between gut health and mood, behavior, cognition and many other psychological and physical health conditions.
All disease begins in the gut. – Hippocrates (460-370 BC)
What Hippocrates knew 2,000 years ago, we are only now beginning to understand just how right he was. Research conducted over the past couple of decades has revealed that gut health is critical to overall physical, mental and emotional health.
In fact, we believe as many researchers do that supporting intestinal health and restoring the integrity of the gut may be one of the most important therapeutic approaches of the future.
It all began before you were born.
You actually have two nervous systems both created from identical tissue during fetal development and connected together via the vagus nerve (the tenth cranial nerve that runs from your brain stem all way down to your abdomen). One turned into the central nervous system (made up of the brain and spinal cord), while the other developed into the enteric nervous system (the intrinsic nervous system of your gastrointestinal tract). The vagus nerve is the primary route your gut bacteria use to transmit information to your brain.
While you may think that your brain is the organ in charge, your gut actually sends far more information to your brain than your brain sends to your gut. So it make sense that problems in your gut can directly impact your mental and emotional health, leading to issues like ADHD, anxiety, depression and other mood disorders.
Just as you have neurons in your brain, you also have neurons in your gut – including neurons that produce neurotransmitters like serotonin, also found in your brain. In fact, the greatest concentration (about 90%) of serotonin, which is involved in mood control, anxiety, depression and aggression, is found in your intestines, not your brain. It’s quite possible that this might be one reason why antidepressants, which raise serotonin levels in your brain, are often ineffective in treating depression.
Your Gut is the foundation of your whole body’s health because 80% of your immune system is located there. Without a healthy gut, you can not have a healthy immune system. Without a healthy immune system, you are susceptible to infections, inflammation, and autoimmune disease.
The digestive system can trigger a cascade of hormones, enzymes and many other chemical reactions as well as interact with numerous organs, including the pancreas, liver, kidneys and spleen. Because the digestive system interacts so heavily with other systems, gut problems can result in a wide multitude of health symptoms affecting the entire body.