The gut brain connection and the role it plays in neurobehavioral disorders and mental illness
Following on from yesterday’s post about food intolerance, I wanted to further develop your understanding of the importance of your digestive function. For 18 years I have been treating the gut of my patients in order to resolve a myriad health condition. Science is now supporting the importance of nurturing the gut across a broad spectrum of health conditions.
But one area that, for some, holds a surprising connection is the gut brain connection and the role it plays in neurobehavioral disorders mental illness. You see there are more nerve cells in the gastrointestinal tract than anywhere else except the brain. We’re are all able to acknowledge the impact that the mind has on the gut i.e.; butterflies in your tummy or experiencing nausea if stressed. But it is not just one-way traffic!
Neurobehavioral disorders and mental illness of many kinds is benefiting from improving gut health. Gut health needs to be considered in treating conditions from anxiety to depression, OCD to bi-polar plus many other diseases and disorders, both mental and physical (including ADHD and ASD)…the results are promising. This fabulous article, Gut feelings: the future of psychiatry may be inside your stomach, explores the concept of the role of the right combination of gut flora (bacteria) being crucial for a healthy mind. It tells the story of families desperate attempt to find a successful treatment for their teenage daughter, who was diagnosed with ADHD and OCD and refers to groundbreaking research in the area.
Take a look and please share this post with anyone suffering from neurobehavioral disorders or mental illness (or just illness) of any kind. My post on supporting the proper functioning of your digestion (click here) offers solutions to support the growth of healthy gut microflora.
My message to you is, no matter your ail or illness – DO NOT IGNORE YOUR GUT!
My post on resolving food intolerance may be of some interest too, click here to read it.
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