When we hear that we should be taking probiotics or “healing our gut” we often will shrug our shoulders and ignore the advice. Yet, many of us deal with ailments that may be caused by gut dysbiosis.
Truthfully, the gut is the gateway to your health and wellbeing. Research is exploding on the topic in Universities and Institutes across the world! Let’s talk about 7 different ways that your gut dramatically effects you.
#1. The Gut and Your Brain: Mind Over Matter?
What if I were to tell you that your gut is directly connected to your brain? Well, it’s the truth. Researchers at Oregon State University were able to find a direct correlation between cognition and brain health (1).
Your mind and gut are connected through the Enteric Nervous System. Actually, in his book, The Second Brain, Michael D. Gershon M.D. revealed to the world that the Enteric Nervous System has more neurons than the Central Nervous System.
This finding has blown away the science literature and caused quite a stir. Before Gershon and other breakthroughs many thought that gut health was effected by the mind. Now they are finding that it’s a two way street. The mind effects the gut and the gut effects the mind.
#2. Depression. Really? Yes, Really.
One of the top 10 findings in brain research in 2016 was done by Dr. Lowry and his team of researchers (2). They revealed that poor gut health in mice increased inflammation in the brain of the animal.
When that animal was in an inflamed state their anxiety levels were extraordinarily higher than normal. This revealed to the Neuroscience community late last year that the gut has more to do with mental disorders than previously thought.
#3. Parkinson’s Disease
Another incredible finding from last year revealed an amazing correlation between the onset of Parkinson’s Disease and gut health. Almost 200 PD patients were analyzed for the study.
This study found a simple correlation between certain gut bacteria being present in healthy individuals while lacking in those with PD. Those that had PD had one thing in common. Every single patient had radically different gut flora composition than the healthy subjects. See the study here.
#4. Alzheimer’s and Gut Flora
This study by Swedish Scientists revealed that the gut has a much greater impact on us than digestion alone. They found that transplanting bacteria from a mouse with Alzheimer’s into a healthy mouse increased Alzheimer causing plaque by 135%.
This study revealed the power of the gut flora ecosystem on the disease. The influence of the micro-biome on the brain is evident in this study.
#5. Irritable Bowel and Bad Gut Bacteria Go Together
Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS plagues the lives of many. The uncomfortable nature of the disease and its constant presence are horrible to say the least. However, there may be a solution.
This clinical study found that dysbiosis in the gut micro-biome is causing inflammation that flares up IBS. High amounts of bad bacteria like E. Coli bloom in a person’s gut with IBS.
This issue compounds upon itself. As there is more inflammation there is more oxygen. As there is more oxygen the E. Coli grows. This is cyclical and can have devastating impacts on your health.
#6. Parasites/Pathogens May Be Living In You
The gut can turn into a very bad place fast. Think about the Cantina on Mos Eisley in Star Wars. That may be the reality of most Americans’ gut.
Candida is one of those fungus’/pathogens that often times finds its home in your gut. The research again and again reveals that Candidiasis or overgrowth of Candida is a leading factor in poor gut health.
Often times, Candida causes gut permeability or Leaky Gut in its hosts. It will burrow holes in the gut lining with its long spines and absolutely devastate your health (3).
#7. Your Gut Bacteria May Control You
This is the last point but definitely not the least. Research has been revealing that the condition of your gut flora may be effecting your food choices (4). That’s right, the health of your gut may be controlling you.
The gut bacteria living in you may impact what you crave! If that’s the truth, it may be driving your food choices. Have you ever had food cravings? They almost seem out of your control.
The truth is that the micro-biome may be driving what your crave based on its condition. Terrible pathogens and parasites may drive your bad food choices because they need to live.
I hope that you enjoyed these seven little known facts on how your gut effects your overall health. Many people overlook these findings. What was something you didn’t know? How does it surprise you?