When your mind is feeling “off,” it becomes difficult to lead a normal life. Chronic anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders can be completely debilitating.
Since cognitive and emotional symptoms can’t be easily “proven,” it’s often incredibly difficult to get answers or effective solutions from your healthcare team (other than the usual mind-numbing, symptom-suppressing prescription).
An astounding amount of people come to me for sessions because they experience those issues or other cognitive disfunctions like unexplainable fatigue, memory loss, or brain fog that takes a toll on their relationships, career, and overall quality of existence.
What if I told you, all those conditions could be linked back to inflammation?
The gut microbiome is often called our “second brain,” and it’s the first area that must be addressed when making efforts to reduce inflammation that could be causing cognitive symptoms. Gut imbalances directly affect the brain via the “brain-gut axis” or “BGA” connection.
So, when we eat or drink things that throw off the balance of our microbiome (often gluten, dairy, alcohol, and processed sugar are on this list!) – the inflammatory effects travel up the BGA and result in imbalances within the brain.
An imbalanced gut also blocks the normal production or flow of chemicals like serotonin, “the happiness hormone,” that is almost exclusively created in the gut. When the microbiome is out of balance, it negatively affects our mood, hormones, and neurotransmitters.
The gut also influences many processes such as nutrient absorption, digestion, elimination, energy levels, and hormone metabolism. If you experience mystery bloating, stomach pains, heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue, or weight gain – it’s a major red flag that the gut is inflamed, and the diet must be investigated.
Efforts to search for the source of cognitive issues in the gut are becoming more common. Harvard Health recently highlighted the benefits of nutritional psychiatry, a new field that is helping patients understand how gut health and diet can positively or negatively affect their mood.
So, what are common causes of inflammation in the gut?
Food intolerances are a leading cause of inflammation in the gut. Three out of four people suffer from some kind of food intolerance or sensitivity. While intolerances and sensitivities are more subtle than a full-blown food allergy – they slowly, over time, wreak havoc on the body/mind connection.
Leaky gut is another cause of inflammation. Leaky Gut or intestinal hyper-permeability occurs when the outer layers of the small intestine become damaged. Particles from within the bowels literally leak out into the bloodstream (including toxins, allergens, undigested food particles, and bacteria).
When left undetected, these issues bridge the brain-gut axis, leading to inflammation in the brain and the symptoms that go with is such as brain fog, depression, or even Alzheimer’s. This 2019 study provides hope that modifying the gut microbiome through dietary therapies can reduce systemic inflammation to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s.
Overwhelming levels of environmental toxins pollute the water, air, and products we are exposed to daily. Research has shown that environmental pollutants including antibiotics, heavy metals, pesticides, and food additives influence the gut and have adverse effects on health.
Filtering our water, choosing natural products, and eradicating mold in the home are examples of conscious toxin-exposure prevention. Unchecked exposure increases the toxic load on your body – leading to inflammation and overloaded elimination processes.
This is why supporting the liver by reducing exposure to toxins when possible is especially important. The liver is one of the main overtaxed “filtration systems.” The kidneys, lymphatic system, and skin are also working overtime with all the pollution we encounter on a daily basis.
Tackling inflammation at the source is vitally important but doing what you can to “cool off” the gut and brain while you run reconnaissance on your diet and environmental factors will help reduce your mental symptoms.
The BGA goes both ways: negative input from the gut affects the brain AND negative input from the brain affects the gut. So, ensuring you do what you can to reduce and manage your stress with natural techniques will do wonders.
It’s also important to become mindful of your self-talk and other mental inputs like the social media you consume and the people you choose to share your energy with. Create a headspace that supports you and your mental health.
A little effort to steer the mind in the direction of peace and joy goes a long way – even in extreme cases. Check out my client Mary’s incredible testimony to learn how she was able to recover from emergency brain tumor surgery with Wholistic mindfulness techniques!
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