Gut Diagnosing Mental Disorders: The importance of gastrointestinal health

Happy March everyone!

Your diges­tion may be a key com­pon­ent of your men­tal status

I spend a lot of time edu­cat­ing in the office about our immune sys­tem and how impact­ful the gastrointest­in­al tract has a sig­ni­fic­ant impact upon immunity. The high­lighted art­icle below iden­ti­fies a sub­ject near and dear to my heart — psy­cho­neuroim­mun­o­logy — where the immune sys­tem, nervous sys­tem and our psy­cho­lo­gic­al states (related to our hor­mone sys­tems) meet and com­bine, and in this instance in the digest­ive tract.

Did you know?

  • Patients afflic­ted with men­tal health dis­orders such as ADHD and aut­ism report changes in cog­ni­tion (think­ing) and their abil­ity to con­nect with the world when they are exposed to sug­ar, wheat, dairy, soy, or syn­thet­ic chemicals
  • Many indi­vidu­als with gen­er­al­ized anxi­ety dis­order are astutely aware of changes in the bowels with activ­it­ies or days where they have more anxiety
  • Receptors for sero­ton­in, the “happy” molecule in our brain, are found primar­ily in the gastrointest­in­al tract

Not only does this make you think about foods or items that you can­not digest… and how they pre­vent healthy body chem­istry, but that the ter­rain in our digest­ive tract is so key to our over­all health.

Check out the ori­gin­al art­icle at A Gut Check for Many Ailments —

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