Can poor GUT health cause Anxiety?
What’s the connection between gut health and your emotions? In this article, we find out and learn how you can keep their relationship a positive one.
If you’re struggling to get a handle on your digestion and your emotions, by the end of this article you’ll know how they’re related and how to get them under control.
We use the word GUT to describe feeling intuition and our body’s instinctive reaction saying ‘Trust your gut’ means your gut knows what you want and need before your mind does and if your gut is capable of sensing and feeling, then there’s absolutely a connection between your gut and your mental and emotional health.
The problem is when you struggle with digestive diseases every day, you just don’t trust your gut. Your gut is unreliable, unpredictable and it can take over your whole life.
Most people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or any Kind of IBD will definitely tell you that they struggle with stress anxiety and/or depression and at times it is hard to know which came first, the emotional strain or the gut issues.
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For most people, the biggest indicator of anxiety when it comes to gut issues is overthinking and obsessive thinking. A lot of times with IBS, you’re obsessively thinking about whether or not you’re gonna be okay as soon as you step out the door or whether you’ll have to run to the bathroom and bail on all your plans and it becomes a vicious cycle.
Right? You’re so anxious about your symptoms that you cause your body to react to your anxiety and it causes a flare-up and then, the depression sinks in, when you find yourself holed up at home, unable to live your life because your gut issues are so unpredictable.
From a traditional Chinese medicine perspective or TCM for short, the body is a holistic system. It is not just that the whole body is related to itself, but that the body is also related to the mind and the spirit, TCM and the organ systems are actually responsible for both physical and mental-emotional functions, which is the reason why there’s a strong correlation between your physical and your mental-emotional health.
Overthinking and over worrying directly affects the TCM digestive system and the reverse is true too. A weak gut can also cause/worry and over thinking because the organ system is out of balance.
From a Western perspective, scientists have been studying the depth of the relationship between the digestive system and the brain, what they call gut brain access or GPA.
I won’t go into all the technical details but here are some of the most interesting discoveries that support what TCM has known all along.
There are complex neural connections between your brain and your gut that fires so quickly that they can communicate with each other instantaneously, almost like having a calm in each other’s ear.
They used to think that your brain would send signals to your gut about your emotional state and your gut would simply react, but now they know that communication is actually a two-way street.
Your gut also sends information up to the emotional centers of your brain that actually can change how you’re feeling.
Gut bacteria is also responsible for producing mood-regulating hormones like serotonin and dopamine, so when your gut is weak or damaged, the bacteria doesn’t do its job, and your mood gets affected.
The ecosystem in your gut is so important that they often call you’ve got your second brain. By the way, two-thirds of your guts ecosystem is different from anyone else’s.
That is why there can’t be one diet plan that can help everyone and why it can be such a challenge to get digestive diseases under control.
So now that you know that the gut and brain are besties, what can you do to make sure that they end up being positive influences on each other rather than leading each other astray?
The answer is to make sure that you set them up for success, even though they’re damaged and currently on the wrong path by making a few shifts to strengthen your physical and emotional well-being.
You’ll be able to turn them around and make sure they thrive to give you a running start.
Anxiety is a common problem that affects many people but did you know that it may be linked to your Gut health? because it is so prevalent these days, but the thing a lot of people don’t see is that anxiety is associated with digestive health.
How does that work? well, one of the chemicals your brain uses to maintain a kind of happiness and calmness is known as serotonin.
95 percent of serotonin is made in your gut, so those people who have low serotonin will also have disrupted sleep too, so not only anxiety but crappy sleep, and those two tend to go hand-in-hand.
So the question is why is your body not making that chemical? Do you have undiagnosed food allergies? Do you have the incorrect kind of bacteria growing in your gut because the wrong population can influence that as well?
Are you merely handling your stress improperly as well because obviously there’s an emotional component, but that stress may also help determine the gut bacteria flora kind of balance?
So what are some excellent ways if you’re reading this and you’re feeling like okay this is making sense to me, I feel like I have this, then what are some good steps to begin taking to heal? I guess one of the greatest steps is just to really begin looking at the number of carbohydrates in your diet.
Refer to my other ARTICLE where I have given a detailed solution of fixing your GUT health.
It is a little known fact that the intestine, particularly the small intestine, is known as the tiny brain. The huge brain resides within our skull, but it’s the little brain that contributes to how our immune systems operate, how our hormones operate and whether or not we create anxiety and/or melancholy.
The bacterial equilibrium that lines the walls of the small intestine where the absorption directly into the bloodstream actually takes place do what we call indicating.
This is a standard term for how the body adjusts whether or not it is under stress or overloaded with foreign invaders or not.
These cells are dependent upon how well and effectively, they signal to the other systems and the higher control mechanism be in the brain of the human body to determine whether the body drops into a state of imbalance, which is where things such as depression anxiety can occasionally precipitate from.
It might appear counterintuitive but the easiest and safest strategy is to start the process of the analysis of the small intestine and it is health concerning the way the rest of the human body works.
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