We are in week 4 of Mental and Brain Health topics, and this is our last week!
Have you ever had a “gut-wrenching” experience? What specific situations make you “nauseous”? Have you ever felt “butterflies” in your stomach? We use this expression for a reason. Science has shown that hidden in the walls of the digestive tract is your “second brain” and it communicates with the brain in your head. This connection goes both ways – the brain has a direct effect on the stomach, but our intestines can also send signals to the brain. This understanding is revolutionizing our understanding of the connection between digestion, mood, health and even the way we think.
Enjoy this final episode with Katia!
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Did you know that your gut can affect your mental health?
Our nervous system is the body’s “control center,” controlling mood, stress response, movement, and the ability to form memories and process information. It has been proven that the brain (controller of the nervous system and most of the body’s functions) and the gut are directly connected to each other in what is referred to as the “gut-brain axis”, meaning that health and function directly influence each other.
Our gut is known as the “enteric nervous system,” which consists of millions of neurons embedded in the walls of the long tubes of our gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The same chemical messengers that affect our brain also affect the GI system, so just as the gut can upset the brain, the brain can upset the gut.
The gut also contains important bacteria. The healthy bacteria that live in our gut (collectively known as the “microbiome”) play a key role not only in digesting the food we eat and absorbing nutrients, but in many processes outside our gut – including brain function and mood. The balance of microbial populations in the gut affects many physiological processes and has consequences for our behavior, mood, and cognition. When the delicate balance between different types of gut microbes is disrupted, it can affect our mood and behavior through neural signaling along the gut-brain axis, through biochemical signals (such as short-chain fatty acids). Increased levels of inflammation in the body result in leaky gut membranes, which can exacerbate brain fog and low mood. Gut microbes may be linked to mental health and cognition due to their role in harvesting energy from food and nutrient absorption, as well as making nutrients like B vitamins that influence many body processes.
Eating fermented foods is one of the easiest ways to improve the diversity and balance of gut flora. Eating foods that have been cultured to contain healthy bacteria, such as yogurt, kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut, etc., can help revitalize the healthy bacterial community in the gut. Such foods affect brain activity, affect mood and mental processes. If you are not used to eating fermented foods, start with 1 teaspoon at a time and increase gradually to avoid digestive discomfort.
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