Brain-Gut Connection in Homewood, AL
The gut, which helps the body digest food and convert it to energy, is an essential part of a healthy digestion system. The gut is home to thousands of different bacteria, some of which have positive effects on health and some of which have negative. Recent medical studies indicate that there may be a strong connection between mental health and gut health. This is known as the brain-gut connection.
Gut inflammation may cause a number of brain health issues. Request more information about the brain-gut connection today: Call (334) 781-7319 or contact Dr. Ryan McWhorter online.
What is the Brain-Gut Connection?
The brain-gut connection refers to the interconnected nature of the gut and the brain. There is research to suggest that when the gut has become inflamed or damaged, it may affect brain health. Some signs that gut inflammation may be affecting the brain include:
- Chronic stress
- Low libido
- Poor memory
- Sleep disturbance
- “Cloudy” thinking
- Chronic fatigue
These issues may be caused by inflammation and oxidative stress in the gut.
The human body functions as one system made up of many interconnected parts. When one of these parts, such as the gut, is suffering it can affect other areas, such as the brain.
Gut inflammation itself can stem from many different issues, including:
Just as poor gut health can affect the brain, mental health issues can also lead to problems in the gut. Signs that excess stress or depression may be affecting the gut include:
- Abdominal cramping
- Trouble digesting food
- Inflammatory bowel disease
How is Gut Inflammation Treated?
Gut inflammation treatment will vary depending on the individual provider, as well as the person's specific needs. Healing the mental problems associated with the brain-gut connection typically begins by addressing the underlying cause of the gut inflammation.
Possible treatment methods include:
- Lifestyle changes
- Dietary supplementation
- Elimination diet
- Digestive enzymes
- Hormone replacement
- Certain medications
Ultimately, addressing the brain-gut connection requires treatment individually tailored to the person. Just as no two people have exactly the same mind, the gut also varies from person to person. With the right treatment, balance in the brain-gut connection may be restored and the issues affecting the two systems can be mitigated.
Request More Information Today
Gut inflammation may be the cause of your mental health issues. Request treatment information today: Call (334) 781-7319 or contact Dr. Ryan McWhorter online.
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