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Depression begins in your gut

Introduction

Many people are unable to eat or drink certain products because they cause obvious physical reactions.  Please make the mental jump and see that physical and mental reactions are very closely linked.  The first consideration for anyone suffering low mood, depression or indeed any mental health problem, however extreme, should be nutrition and supplements.  NOT anti-depressants!

It is increasingly clear that how well we eat is directly linked to how well we feel.  Allergy and intolerance can cause a whole range of problems: fatigue, confusion and brain fog, anxiety, depression, irritability, agitation, anger, aggression, nervousness, hyperactivity and even schizophrenia and some learning disabilities.

Ironically, the problem food is often a favorite.  (Pizza, anyone?  Another latte?)

Serotonin

  • Serotonin maintains mood balance. 90% of serotonin is produced in the gut.
  • As a result, the gut is often referred to as the “second brain.”

What can go right – or wrong – in the gut

  • Patients with mental health problems, in particular the more extreme, tend to be seriously short of certain nutrients.
  • Supplements can solve the problem.  In particular, amino acids help with depression and similar problems.
  • Trillions of microbes live in our intestines.  Live bacteria can make a huge difference to the emotional and mental state of people suffering from depression.  Yoga instructors will tell you that the twisting poses they teach are particularly good for removing toxins – which has a similar effect.
  • Healthy gut bacteria make it easier to burn carbs as energy, not store them as fat. That reduces the risk of obesity and type II diabetes.
  • Gluten intolerance has been shown to have a potentially massive effect on the brain. If we are given anti-depressants to solve our mental problems, yet continue to ingest gluten, imagine the confusion for the poor brain and body!
  • Well over half the body’s immune tissue is found in the gut, so clearly it is central to immune responses and inflammation.  With leaky gut (another syndrome unrecognised by many specialists!) the wall of the intestine can be damaged. This may be caused by gluten.

This inflammation can lead to thyroid problems.  And to hormone problems.

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Our mental health starts in the gut.

Heal the gut, heal the brain.

Convinced?  Do something about it.

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