New Research Shows Your Brain’s Health is Affected by Your Gut!
If you keep up to date with the latest in healing news and natural health, it’s quite possible you’ve already heard about people claiming that healing your gastrointestinal system can help heal your brain.
That sounds like a reach… but is it true?
With new technologies and methods, scientists have been able to increase their research on bacterium living within our bodies and have learned how it plays an integral role in the digestion of our food. For example, without that bacteria, we wouldn’t be able to break down and digest the fiber we eat.
But how bacterium affect digestion is just one field that scientists have been exploring. Another is if and how the health of our gut affects the health of our brain!
Components of your digestive tract, or gut, are:
- Small intestine
Gut & Brain Research Shows…
The latest research into this question has shown that the bacteria in your gut can and does communicate with your brain and plays a role in determining your basic sense of self awareness. It can even determine your mood!
Take for example, the next time you eat a sugary dessert or drink a glucose-fructose packed beverage, take a step back and notice how your mood changes after ingesting whichever it may be. You may:
- Have more energy for a few hours or longer during the rest of your day
- Have more energy for only an hour or two then crash in productivity
- Crash right away and notice the weakening of joints and ligaments
Regardless of which person you are, the evidence is in! There are three basic components to this ground-breaking research:
#1 – Bacteria
The bacteria in your gastrointestinal system are essential building blocks in the production of neurochemicals like dopamine and serotonin.
Believe it or not, it has been estimated that approximately 90 percent of your body’s serotonin is made in your digestive tract!
#2 – Inflammation
The bacteria in your digestive tract plays a critical role in regulating your immune system and its inflammatory reaction.
According to recent studies, inflammation is now widely known to be a root cause of depression as well as a key player in several cases of Autism and many different neurological and autoimmune disorders.
#3 – Neurochemicals
While serotonin is commonly known as a brain neurotransmitter, when these neurochemicals are produced in the gut they affect the secretion of stress hormones by the adrenal glands like cortisol, for example.
This research has shown that your gut plays a more complex role in our health that previously thought by playing a part in the release of stress hormones and neurochemicals and your body’s inflammatory response.
Food & Drink
The action your gut takes is controlled by the type of food, drink and supplements you put into your body daily.
By eating healthy foods that are non-genetically modified organisms, organic and unprocessed, and by reducing the intake of foods such as alcohol, sugar and dairy which act to increase the body’s inflammatory response, you can affect the health of your brain immensely!
With a few dietary changes and additional supplementation if need be, you can begin affecting your overall mood and improve the health of your brain by enhancing your gut in a natural and drug-free way!
Ask your local Chiropractor for his / her nutritional and supplementation recommendations. They will be happy to help!
*Sourced from BrainTap Technologies
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