Mental Health, Digestion and our Microbiome

It’s now widely common knowledge that our gut microbiome influences our digestion, allergies, metabolism and mental health. We’re also realizing how much our brain can influence gut health.

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Imbalances in our gut microbiome can eventually lead to systemic inflammation including in your brain, leading to brain fog, fatigue, anxiety, depression and so much more. Going in the other direction, stress (whether conscious or not, acute or chronic) inhibits our digestive function, leading to nutritional deficiencies and an imbalanced microbiome.

On our skin, in our mouth, and in our guts live over a hundred trillion organisms, altogether know as the microbiome. These creature compromise 90% of all the cells of our bodies (though tinier in size). They include bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi. Some of them can release neurotransmitters (just as our own neurons do), speaking to our brains via the vagus nerve. Others synthesize vitamins and hormones. So the importance of a balanced microbiome is crucial for not only digestion, but optimal mental health as well.

As a holistic nutritionist, I’m trained to deliberate over & incorporate the entire picture: eating habits, lifestyle, head-space, current circumstances and previous history – formulating a plan to bring your mind and body back into balance. Sometimes it’s hard to determine where it all started, which is why small, consistent changes while developing an deeper intuitive relationship with your body┬áis a safe & effective way to regain optimal health.

If you’ve been struggling with a combination of mental and digestive issues, reach out to me here and let’s get you on the road to improved health and wellness.

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