Rosalie F. Tayurang
Your gut and brain have strong connection. In fact, a happy microbiome is a HAPPY YOU.
To better understand why your gut can affect your moods, let's tap the topic about mental health.
Are you familiar with anxiety or depression? These are psychological disorders which can be detrimental to your well being and health when left unnoticed and unresolved. What causes these mental illnesses? Does standing strong over the storms of life come from right thinking patterns? Or, from the right foods that you feed to your gut?
To begin with, SLEEP has a critical function in the brain. During sleep period, the brain is doing a housecleaning. It wards off the accumulated toxins into the drainage system of the body called glymphatic system.
The lack of enough sleep encourages the building up of toxins that are linked to neurodegenerative diseases. However, if you have the sufficient amount of sleep, your brain becomes more receptive to learning.
There are three learning processes to go through which are as follows:
These 3 R's of your brain are preserved and improved with a regular goodnight sleep. Indeed, with a brain quick to learning, you become also alert at solving problems of any sorts.
But how will you be able to get a goodnight sleep to improve the health of your brain? What is the important role of your gut in this concern?
Your gut is the second brain in your body. It is comprised of 10 to 100 trillion microbial cells which communicate with your brain. Scientists identified this gastrointestinal microbes as Enteric Nervous System which controls the digestive processes. It signals the brain about the situations happening in your gut. If your gut is inflamed or irritated, your brain response will be negative also. It shifts your mood from happiness to agitated behavior.
It is because an important hormone called serotonin is adversely affected. Serotonin is a happy chemical governing your well being and happiness. It is believed to regulate the following:
All of these important bodily functions depend on the level of serotonin present in your systems. But the production of this hormone prominently regulated by your microbiome in the gut. Microbiome is a complex ecosystem of different types of bacteria, yeast, and viruses in your gut. Scientific study shows that 90% of the production of serotonin is in the gut (while the rest takes place in the central nervous system). A particular microbe called sporeforming bacteria, is involved in the process. It boosts the level of serotonin in the body especially those belonging to Clostridia.
Remember, life is full of challenges. You need to main a well-balanced serotonin level to get rid of anxiety and depressions. These mental illnesses are the most detrimental agents of serious diseases that lead to either sudden deaths or prolonged health miseries. In view of this fact, abnormal serotonin levels are linked with suicidal tendency, obsessive compulsive disorder, and alcoholism. So, be on guard of your gut health to keep a stable mental health.
"Time and time again, we hear from patients that they never felt depressed or anxious until they started experiencing problems with their gut," said lead study author Dr. Kirsten Tillisch, the study's lead author. "Our study shows that the gut-brain connection is a two-way street."
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