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THE GUT BRAIN CONNECTION!!!
Health begins and ends with the GI tract. No matter what the age. The GI tract is our first and most important protector. If your gut is inflamed, then you are not healthy. As a result you will be lacking energy, as well as be more susceptible to disease, including autoimmune diseases that will now have the opportunity to flourish. This toxic GI distress will affect every part of your body, including your bones, joints, organs, glands, skin, hormones and most important YOUR BRAIN!
A poor diet of high-carb, sugar-laden, processed foods, as well as overuse of pharmaceutical drugs (especially antibiotics) as well as our toxic environment such as chemicals in our homes that we clean with, fluoride, and chlorine all contribute to digestive tract damage. All these toxins “eat” away at the mucus lining. When this happens, your health degrades. We must have balance in the GI Tract for good health.
What can we do to protect the digestive tract and the brain?
NEW RESEARCH SHOWS THAT PROBIOTICS ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT SUPPLEMENT ONE CAN TAKE, MORE IMPORTANT THAN A MULTIVITAMIN OR ANY OTHER SUPPLEMENT!
PROBIOTICS WILL BE AS LIFE CHANGING TO MEDICINE IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY, AS ANTIBOITICS WERE WHEN THEY CAME ON THE SCENE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY.
WHY IS THE GI TRACT SO INFLUENTIAL IN THE BRAIN? The GI Tract speaks to the brain at all times; when the tract is off and not working it can explain a lot of the forgetfulness, depression and hormonal deficiencies that plague so many.
What do hormones have to do with the GI Tract? It’s all about the gut/brain connection. Some of the important “feel good” hormones such as serotonin are made in the intestinal tract. The rest are made in the brain. Serotonin “speaks” to the epicenter of the hormone system, the hypothalamus, which resides in the brain. If the GI Tract is distressed and not working properly, then serotonin does not get delivered to the brain, so the Hypothalamus/pituitary axis does not get the proper signals to activate the hormonal system through its conductor, the thyroid. If the thyroid is not activated properly, the rest of the hormones in the body don’t know what to do. Now you’ve got chaos, mood swings, fatigue, no libido, depression, and a body out of control, all because your stomach is in distress.
HOW DO WE HEAL OUR GUT/BRAIN CONNECTION? PROBIOTICS & PREBIOTICS ARE THE ANSWER.
Probiotic strains with at least 10 billion (the more the better) colony-forming units once daily. It is also highly recommended that you rotate your brand every thirty to sixty days. By regularly introducing new strains, you will create a more diverse micro biome. A study in the journal of Psychopharmacology found that adding Prebiotic foods like leeks, bananas, apples, asparagus, onions, honey, and whole grains to your diet can drop levels of stress hormones. The study shows that those eating these foods for breakfast had a 24% drop in levels of the stress hormone cortisol after just one hour. Probiotics and Prebiotics are two of the simplest steps we can all take to relieving stress and creating a healthy gut/brain path.
S-Adenosylmethionine (SAMe) is a naturally occurring compound that is found in almost every tissue and fluid in the body. It is involved in many important processes. SAMe plays a role in the immune system, maintains cell membranes, and helps produce and break down brain chemicals, such as serotonin, melatonin, and dopamine. It works with Vitamin B6, B12 and folate (vitamin B9). Being deficient in either vitamin B12 or folate may reduce levels of SAMe in your body. Numerous scientific studies have shown that SAMe helps relieve the pain of osteoarthritis, and other studies suggest that SAMe may help treat depression. Some research suggests that SAMe is more effective than placebo in treating mild-to-moderate depression and is just as effective as antidepressant medications without the side effects.
In addition, antidepressants tend to take 6-8 weeks to work, while SAMe seems to begin more quickly. In 2002 an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services conducted a meticulous evaluation of SAMe. Its findings show the effectiveness of SAMe in helping to maintain stable mood and joint function without any side effects. In addition SAMe has multiple mechanisms of action that are used throughout the body, especially in the liver, which help maintain liver health. Newer studies confirm the Department of Health and Human Services study.
• Omega 3’s have once again been found to be beneficial in reducing depression.
• A new study also shows that youth ages 8-16 had less behavioral problems while taking Omega 3’s. The kids taking Omega 3’s also showed improved memory and their test scores were higher.
• Omega 3’s protect against depression, and other mood disorders.
Several studies on Vitamin D3 indicate the potential for preventing and treating mental disorders such as depression, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), anxiety, and schizophrenia. Vitamin D3 provides an enzyme essential for creating neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, adrenaline, and noradrenalin. These neurotransmitter imbalances are associated with bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, and depression. Vitamin D is actually a prohormone, which acts as a support to existing hormones, Or as a precursor for more hormonal production.
• THERE ARE PREVENTIVE MEASURES WE CAN TAKE TO PROTECT AGAINST DEPRESSION.
• THERE IS A GUT/BRAIN IMPORTANT CONNECTION.
• PROBIOTICS AND PREBIOTICS WILL BOTH HELP TO PREVENT DEPRESSION AND TO TREAT DEPRESSION.
• DIET AND EXERCISE ARE A VERY IMPORTANT IN THE FIGHT AGAINST DEPRESSION.
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