Gut / Microbiome Health
If you want to have a strong immune system, as well as good brain health, heart health, and improved sleep and mood, gut health is important. Looking after your microbiome may also help to prevent chronic health issues.
There are so many studies to show the impact the gut has on the brain. One study in the reputable medical journal Nature Microbiology provides strong evidence that a person’s gut health and microbiome can influence their mental health. The authors used DNA sequencing to analyse microbiota in the faeces of more than 1,000 people enrolled in Belgium’s Flemish Gut Flora Project. The team then correlated different bugs with the participants’ quality of life and incidence of depression, using self-reported and physician-supplied diagnoses. The researchers found that two groups of bacteria, Coprococcus and Dialister, were reduced in people with depression. And they saw a positive correlation between quality of life and the potential ability of the gut microbiome to synthesise a breakdown product of the neurotransmitter dopamine, called 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid. (DHA)
Another research paper discusses Gut Microbiota in Neurological Disorders and shows there is significant evidence for the existence of communication between Central Nervous System, gut and intestinal microbiome (Rhee et al. 2009) and analysis of relationships between gut microbiota composition and Central Nervous System disorders has become a novel and promising field of research.
At Coming Alive, we conducted our own analysis comparing the gut health of children with neurological disorders or symptoms in their early years and over 85% had constipation, reflux, allergies or intolerance which would lead us to believe that there were underlying Gut Health issues early on in life. There is evidence to show the link between the gut and the connection with the brain, so there is no wonder that working on gut health alone can improve mood, memory, anxiety, inflammation and more.