If you asked a group of Nutritionists what their favourite subject is, you would get a unanimous answer – the gut! The health of the gut is vitally important to the functioning of the whole body and there is now a huge amount of evidence connecting the health of the gut with the health of the brain and conditions such as anxiety and depression.
Did you know that 95% of our serotonin (the key neurotransmitter for regulating mood) is produced in the gut? So if there there are parasites in the gut, an imbalance of gut bacteria (referred to as dysbiosis), bacterial overgrowth in the small intestinal (referred to as SIBO) or even a fungal overgrowth (perhaps Candida), levels of this essential ingredient for our wellbeing can be drastically reduced and can lead to inflammation in the brain. This is also true of melatonin which regulates sleep and inflammation. The gut is now referred to by many as the ‘Second Brain’ and it’s easy to see why.
The health of your gut can be affected by many things such as: a diet that is loaded with sugar, gluten and dairy; a diet low in nutrients; stress; our constant exposure to toxins; chronic infections; antibiotics and birth control pills. If there is a problem with the gastro-intestinal tract, the absorption of nutrients will not be efficient and can lead to a lack of the essential vitamins and minerals that are needed for every process in our body. So my main message today is that it is really important to look after your gut health in order to regulate your mental health.
If you would like more information or to talk to me, why not come and see me on March 4th when I will be with the Body Fabulous team discussing the Gut, IBS and gut related conditions at Parkwood Health and Fitness café on London Road, Salisbury from 10.00am to 1.00pm. Tickets are £35 for the 3 hour seminar and can now be bought at http://www.mybodyfabulous.co.uk/events/2018/1/9/gut-health-ibs-digestive-balance-seminar