How Gut Health Affects Mental Health By Dr. Kathy Veon
The gut is often referred to as the ‘second brain’ because of the intricate relationship between gut heath and brain health. The gut-brain axis plays a very important role in regulating mood, cognitive function, and digestion.
In fact, the Enteric Nervous System (ENS) is the second most complex system in the body, affecting digestion, endocrine health, hormone balance, stress response, immune responses, and much more. Keep reading to learn more about this very special relationship between the gut and the brain.
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The Gut-Brain Axis – How Gut Health Affects Mental Health By Dr. Kathy Veon
How did the gut-brain axis develop? Interestingly, the brain and the gut lining develop from the same part of the embryo. As the embryo continues development into the fetus stage, the brain and gut are physically separated, yet remain connected through the vagus nerve.
The vagus nerve is a bi-directional communication pathway between the brain and the gastrointestinal tract. Gut-brain axis health is very important in the understanding and treatment of health issues such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), depression, anxiety, psychiatric disorders, and PTSD.
Neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, and GABA are stimulated by the microbes that live in the gut. When these microbes are damaged and the microbiome becomes imbalanced or unhealthy, several systems are negatively affected and mood and sleep can suffer.
The microbiome affects other biochemical reactions in the body such as:
- Cortisol (negative feedback stress)
- Estrogen Dominance / Hormone Dysregulation
- Poor Immune System Signaling / Cytokine Dysfunction
- Increased Systemic Inflammation
- Cognitive Impairment
- Neurological Disorders
Many holistic medical practices such as Chinese Medicine, Ayurvedic Medicine, Functional Medicine, and Clinical Nutrition practices all have something in common in that they strive to heal and support gut health before moving on to heal any other issues the patient is having. The gut really is the foundation of our health. Without a healthy microbiome and gastrointestinal function, a person cannot fully heal any other health concern.
- Pesticides and Chemicals including Glyphosates
- Repeated Antibiotic Use
- Sugar and Processed Foods
- EMF’s (wireless technology)
- Emotional Stress
- Poor Sleep Patterns
- Lack of Exercise
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Dr. Kathy Veon, DAOM, AP, CCN is a graduate of Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica, CA as well as Florida College of Integrative Medicine in Orlando, Florida. She is a board certified Licensed Acupuncturist, Clinical Nutritionist and Doctor of Oriental Medicine and is currently serving as Chairman of the Florida Board of Acupuncture, and Committee Chair of Continuing Education for the International and American Associations of Clinical Nutritionists (IAACN). She holds a private practice in Lake Mary, Florida at Central Florida Preventive Medicine where she specializes in functional medicine, clinical nutrition, acupuncture, herbology, and helping her patients overcome chronic and debilitating illnesses through finding and correcting the root causes of disease.
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