Stay Bright in the Mind – the Surprising Importance of the Gut-Brain Axis

Have you heard about the gut-brain axis?
About the way the gut and the brain communicate and support each other?
Scientists have renamed the gut “the enteric nervous system,” because they consider it to be a “second brain” which communicates with the brain and the spinal cord.

Lots of up-and-coming research tells us that a strong healthy digestive system means better cognition, memory, and thinking skills.

Our intestinal microbiota (gut flora) play a vital role in mental health.
Studies have shown that a good base of microbiota in the gut enhances the central nervous system, making us mentally sharper, less anxious, more energetic, and more courageous. (Plus it gives us a much stronger immune system.)

So, to stay mentally clear and bright, it pays to take excellent care of our digestion.

How the gut gets damaged:

  • infections, yeast overgrowth
  • environmental toxins (pesticides, heavy metals, BPA, Triclosan in toiletries and cleaning agents)
  • medications (antibiotics, pain pills, ibuprofen, aspirin, acid reflux meds, steroids, antidepressants, chemotherapy, etc.)
  • poor diet (eaten by most people in the modern world)
  • gluten grains
  • poor microbiota (get good microbiota)
  • lack of sleep, (get good sleep)
  • high stress levels (get relaxed)

Unbeknownst to most of us, 70% of us have leaky gut. We carry a lot of inflammation in the gut, which weakens our health, reduces our energy, and leads to the slow degeneration of the brain.

Most of us have no clue that our gut is leaky.
Symptoms include fatigue, eczema, sugar cravings, joint pain, anxiety, depression, headaches, brain fog, abdominal discomforts, poor immune system, subtle food allergies, and more.
But some people don’t notice any symptoms.

Blood tests and urine tests can be done to determine the presence of leaky gut. A naturopathic doctor can be helpful. But on the other hand, if one has the above symptoms, it doesn’t hurt to treat oneself for leaky gut, as it is so prevalent anyhow.

Poor gut health is now linked to brain conditions such as:
Depression
Multiple Sclerosis
Parkinson’s
Dementia
Alzheimer’s
and more

To improve gut health, we want to avoid eating too much:
sugar (feeds underlying yeast in the gut, destroys good microbiota)
alcohol (ditto)
soda pop
fruit juice (fructose, high in sugar)
processed foods
processed meats like salami, bologna, bacon, etc.
cheese
gluten grains – wheat, rye, barley, farina, spelt
non-fiber foods
antibiotics, pain pills, ibuprofen, aspirin, acid reflux meds, steroids, and antidepressants

To heal the gut and microbiota, we need:

  • a truly healthy diet of fresh foods, veggies, probiotics, prebiotics
  • feed the microbiota with 40 Gm of fiber a day
  • reduce inflammation with fish oil, coconut oil, olive oil, avocados
  • repair the inner lining of the intestines with L-glutamine and Yucca juice extract
  • stress reduction
  • restorative sleep

I know that all of the above has helped my gut and my brain – helped me to feel sharper and more energetic.
Have you explored your gut-brain axis?
Please tell us your story.

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Dr. P’s Unique Advice on How to Improve Mental Clarity, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s

Check out a report on the role of microbiota gut brain access in neuropsychiatric and neurological disorders.

Diane Stallings RN does distance healing, EFT tapping, and/or Biofield Tuning on the phone, energy healing sessions, Chakra Balancing, and health coaching. She gives you practical ways to lift your wellbeing. Make an appointment in Phoenix or Fountain Hills or on the phone anywhere.

Gut-brain_axis fm Wikimedia Commons(Thanks to Wikimedia Commons for this image.)

About Diane Langlois Stallings

Diane Stallings RN, Reiki Master, Energy Healer, Healing Touch, Enneagram Coach, EFT tapping, Meditation Coach, Nutritionist, Integrative Health Coach www.joystream.net
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