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March 21, 2017
The microbiome acts much like a command center extracting and processing information from food, directing and regulating the immune system, communicating with the brain and even facilitating communications between the brain and immune system. A breakdown in this crucial central system can lead to widespread issues especially when it comes to brain function, which may even lead you to go so far as to find an autoimmune doctor in NYC.
Quite often, problems with cognition, memory, depression and anxiety can all be traced back to imbalances in the ecology of trillions of bacteria residing in the intestine. I’d even so so far as to say that the microbiome, anxiety, depression, and other brain problems go hand-in-hand!
In my last post on this topic, (Depressed? It’s Not All In Your Head), I gave a brief overview of the connections between brain health and gut health. To go deeper, we must understand that the brain is not a discrete and separate organ functioning on it’s own. In reality, it’s part of a system that includes the intestine and microbiome, all of which are intricately intertwined.
It’s futile to look at brain function in isolation without considering the health of the gut and microbiome too. As an example, it’s extremely common for patients suffering with IBS and other intestinal conditions to also suffer with anxiety and depression. Even autism and gut conditions are related to the microbiome, anxiety, depression, etc, as high stress situations often trigger diarrhea, constipation and GI upset. These are two sides of the same coin that cannot be separated.
So while it may seem unusual, the best way to heal your brain, regain a positive mood and sharpen your mind is to tend to the health of the gut microbiome. Our three part series entitled The Microbiome Diet 101, part 1, part 2 and part 3, will take you step-by-step, to empower you to regain your health and beat depression once and for all.
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