Have you ever wondered why you get butterfly’s in your tummy when you’re nervous? Well, this is because of the gut brain axis. This is the link between our brain and our digestive system, also known as our enteric nervous system or second brain. It is connected by the vagus nerve, a huge nerve which sends signals in both directions. It is for this reason that gut issues like IBS could lead to depression or anxiety, and vice versa, why mood related symptoms can cause digestive issues.
Several studies have also suggested that our microflora in our digestive system play an important role in the gut brain axis by sending out signals and producing neurotransmitters like serotonin which play an important role in regulating our mood. So a healthy, diverse microbiome with lots of beneficial bacteria can be important for good mood and optimum gut health.
To get to the bottom of a clients’ digestive issues I often carry out stool testing which can determine the health of the microbiome, among many other markers like gut immune health and digestive function. Addressing these issues can often lead to a more positive mood and better mental health as well as reducing digestive issues. Get in touch if this is something you would like to find out more information on.
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