Your Gut Is The Second Brain

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Does your relationship with food suffer because of gastrointestinal distress? Have you tried limiting certain foods in efforts to get some relief? New research is beginning to unravel the complex connection of our gut, brain and diet. Turns out, the gut-brain connect may be more complicated than we had once thought.

Irritable Bowel Disease and Disordered Eating

Recent studies show that there is a correlation to dieting and increase prevalence of GI disorders.

If you struggle with functional gut disorder or IBS, know you’re not alone. The gut-brain connection is a complicated mix and working with well-trained professionals can help navigate all aspects of the gut.

The changes in our gut bacteria can alter neurotransmitter production and increase feelings of anxiety and depression.

how the gut Works

Our gut microbiome is effected by stress, diet and exercise, genetics, environment and emotional health. Studies have documented that these factors change the diversity of our gut bacteria. When diversity of our gut is “off balance” it is called gut dysbiosis. The change in diversity alters the communication in the gut-brain connection and changes the way our body operates. Restricting food decreases our gut bacteria diversity, meaning we lose the good gut bacteria that keeps us healthy. Furthermore, decreased gut diversity have been linked to higher levels of disordered eating psychopathology and can increase symptoms of a functional gut disorder and increase mood dysregulation.

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