Gut: The Second Brain
There’s a reason why the gut is often called ‘the second brain.’ In the world of casually popping Hajmolas and ending meals with natural gut relaxants, Indians are no strangers to gut health. But what’s the cause and effect of gut and mind? We unpack this and what you can do to rehabilitate your mind through your stomach.
January 4, 2024
It may not all be butterflies in your stomach. It might be a microbiota. Emerging evidence suggests that microbes in the gut contribute to the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, crucial for regulating mood and behavior. Dysbiosis, an imbalance in gut microbiota, can lead to increased intestinal permeability, allowing inflammatory molecules to enter the bloodstream. This systemic inflammation has been associated with mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety.
A good first step is to get a thorough gut function test, find a functional medicine or holistic treatment plan to help your gut. Additionally, eating a pre and probiotic rich diet, which balances fibre, protein, complex carbohydrates, and fats rich in amino acids (with a touch of something you love) is the way to go.
With ‘gut health’ being one of the most searched terms on Google India, this burgeoning realm of research is gaining traction. Take this as your sign to analyze your gut, and meanwhile, take a deep diaphragmatic breath.
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