The Gut – Brain ConnectionPosted: January 24, 2012
A recent article in Psychology Today Your Backup Brain details the “second brain” in your stomach and how it influences your mood, what you eat, the kinds of diseases you get, as well as the decisions you make. This article shares great details of how the nervous system actually started in the gut, the connection between emotions and the gut. They make a clever analogy that we are like a donut. Our outer skin, eyes, ears and other senses our in contact with the outside world, toxins, bacteria, stimulus etc, but like a donut the digestive system is just as much in contact with the outside world through what we swallow and breath.
The importance of the digestive system is making headway. General Science recognizes that the gut or digestive system has its own independent neural activity via the enteric nervous system or ENS. This organ works independent of the brain in the head. A mind-body connection which not only processes what we eat, but also sends signals to the brain effecting moods, memory, learning and more.
Highlighted in this article is the importance of the 100 trillion bacteria within the digestive tract. This “gut biome” produces their own enzymes, DNA, and is the interface between your diet and your genetics. Talk between bacteria and brain begins in infancy and is continual. The makeup of this gut biome is critical to managing good communication. There is even reference to the importance of replenishing “good bacteria” with fermented foods and how they affect key neurotransmitters effecting behavior.
The Standard American diet (SAD) has affected our gut flora in a negative way rendering us susceptible to diseases such as diabetes, IBS, immune disorders, mental issues and more. There is even reference to the autism connection. The digestive system is at last getting some respect, but there is a missing link.
The missing link
The authors of the referenced articles are obviously unaware of the work of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride who has been working clinically since 2000 using a nutritional approach as a treatment, and has become recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in treating children and adults with learning disabilities and other mental disorders, as well as children and adults with digestive and immune disorders. In 2004 she has published her first book Gut And Psychology Syndrome. Natural Treatment Of Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Depression And Schizophrenia (GAPS) where she explores the connection between the patient’s physical state and brain function. The book gives full details of the GAPS Nutritional Protocol, highly successful in treating patients with learning disabilities and other mental problems.
As a Certified GAPS Practitioner and a follower of the GAPS protocol, I can guide you and help you take control of your health through understanding and managing your gut biome for your greatest well-being. Schedule your personal consultation and join our GAPS Connections group.