Why having a healthy gut microbiome is essential for maintaining brain health.
We all know that there is a connection between the gut and the brain, in fact, the gut is often referred to as ‘our second brain’. What you may not know however, is that inflammation that originates in the gut has been shown to be a major driving force when it comes to depression. Studies reveal that markers for inflammation are generally raised in patients with depression and anxiety.
When levels of inflammation increase in the gut this can result in increased inflammation in the brain. This is triggered by a number of factors such as over consumption of processed and refined carbohydrates, consuming the wrong type of fats together with an overall nutrient-poor diet. Other contributors to gut inflammation include, stress, poor sleep, over exposure to toxins and stimulants such as caffeine and alcohol. These will cause the gut microbiome to trigger an inflammatory response which travels to the brain via the vagus nerve. New research is leading to gut healing protocols as novel therapies for depression. Intervention using food and supplements (including probiotics) can be hugely impactful on improving mental health naturally.