The Link Between Depression And Your Stomach
- Posted on: Aug 30 2014
As with many other physical ailments, studies show that depression is now linked with gastrointestinal inflammation. It may sound far-fetched, but there is an especially unique relationship between the brain and the digestive tract. Research suggests the primary cause of inflammation may be dysfunction of the “gut-brain axis.” This refers to the idea that tour gut is literally your second brain, created from identical tissue as your brain during gestation. In fact, it contains larger amounts of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is undoubtedly associated with mood control.
As a result, the foods in which we consume play a serious role in the “happiness” of our stomach and of our overall mood.If you choose to consume processed foods and sweetened drinks often, your gut bacteria are likely going to be severely compromised because processed foods in general destroy healthy microflora. Sugars of all kinds promote systemic inflammation, causing an imbalance in the body and, as a result wreak havoc on the brain.
All in all, it appears inflammation may be more than just another risk factor for depression; it may in fact be THE risk factor that underlies all others.
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