The gut, brain and microbiome are all linked.
Micronutrients are the building blocks of the cell’s and the body’s fuel and energy source. In order for micronutrients to be used by the body, they first need to be broken down from the food we eat and then they need to be absorbed. Both of these functions, breakdown and absorption, are largely dependent on a Healthy Gut and Microbiome. A healthy gut is characterised by three main elements:
1. A diversity of healthy gut bacteria
2. A huge amount of healthy gut bacteria
3. No gap junctions or leaky gut syndrome.
Adding Fermented Foods to Your Diet will Restore and Balance Your Microbiome.
Prebiotics are food for probiotics. Probiotics are the good guys — beneficial live bacteria that help to keep the ecology of your gut in balance. You probably knew this already.
Symptoms of an unhealthy gut may include: allergies, skin conditions, psoriasis, anxiety, depression, auto-immune diseases, fibromyalgia. chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), etc.
The minerals and vitamins received during drip therapy, bypass the gut and are therefore completely absorbed. Vitamin Drip Therapy is thus understood to be enormously valuable as an adjunctive intervention in restoring depleted vitamin and mineral levels while resolving existing gut issues.
Dr Kelly Brogan is enormously respected for her work and knowledge in the area of the gut-brain-microbiome connection. Her recent e-book: ‘Change your food, Heal your mood’ is freely available for download at www.kellybroganmd.com. Enjoy a few extracts from this invaluable little piece of reading.
“In this ebook, I want to give you three ways that you can reduce inflammation and optimize gut health, creating a happier body and healthier moods.”
|The Gut-Brain Connection|
| ONCE TRIGGERED, INFLAMMATION IS HIGHLY SELF- PERPETUATING. As these pathways are repeatedly activated, signalling is expedited because the body begins to recognise them as familiar — like trekking along your favorite hiking trail. Inflammation transfers information to the nervous system, typically through stimulation of major nerves such as the vagus, which links the gut and brain. Stay with me here. This is actually a bit of good news. You may think that you|
were born with bad genes or low serotonin. But it’s far more
likely that that your depression is just a complex, nonspecific symptom of chronic illness. You probably have an unhealthy inflammatory balance that is driven by cortisol dysfunction stemming from a sick gut. And this is good news, how? It is very good news — because we know how to heal the gut. Key takeaways: Inflammation is the primary driver of chronic illness Our gastrointestinal tract houses at least 70% of our immune system We outsource countless bodily functions to our beneficial microbial communities (“microbiomes”) — these microorganisms outnumber our human cells 10:1. The gut is the gatekeeper of inflammatory response
Heal Your Gut to Heal Your Depression
WE CAN ADDRESS DEPRESSION and other symptoms by treating, protecting, and nourishing this microbiome — the specific combination of beneficial microbes in our gut. There are many factors that impact the health of your gut and the makeup of your microbiome, for better or worse, including:
Vaginal birth and breastfeeding
Exposure to medications, including oral contraceptives, NSAIDS (which can
cause gut permeability), and antibiotics
Toxins, such as GMOs, pesticides, and plasticisers
Diet and nutrition
A NOTE ABOUT GLUTEN:
There’s been an explosion of research implicating the immune-modulating
and inflammatory effects of gluten and sugar (often co-occurring). Many
individuals perceive that they are totally “fine” until that day when they’re
not. In reality, there has been a long period of “incubation” of symptoms.
No matter what you’ve read, you should know that eating gluten provokes
an inflammatory response in everyone. In about 80% of people, it
precipitates intestinal wall changes that allow for various compounds, food
particles, and bacteria and their immunotoxic components (e.g., LPS or
lipopolysaccharides) to enter the bloodstream. In animal models, LPS is
used to induce “depression.” There are many scientific studies establishing
the role of inflammation in depression, including postpartum.
Three Simple Ways to Start Healing Your Moods
THERE’S MORE TO THIS STORY, and I hope you will take charge of your health by doing some research. I invite you to do some additional reading on my blog.
In the meantime, consider making changes in the following three areas:
Eliminate processed foods and food toxins from your diet
Add whole foods, good fats, and therapeutic foods to your diet
Add fermented foods to support gut ecology
You Have the Power to Change
NUTRITION HAS MORE POWER than any other single intervention on earth. Crazy, right?
Who knew? Most people don’t because no one has the incentive to teach you. And this includes medical doctors. News flash: corporations, governments, and bureaucratic health care conglomerates don’t have your best interests at heart.
But I believe you are ready to live a conscious life. A curious life. A mindful life. A life in which you reconnect to your own power to heal, to feel free, unafraid, and well.
You can start now by making some of the changes in this ebook.
To download Dr Kelly Brogan’s e-book: ‘Change your Food, Heal your Mood’, go to www.kellybroganmd.com
Remember to book your vitamin drip therapy appointment at the DripBar.