Inflammation, you know the feeling.
You know what it feels like when you overuse your back and feel the constant pain. You feel and see the inflammation when you stub your toe and it turns red and throbs. When you are sick and your temperature is high, you feel achy and uncomfortable.
Those are obvious examples of inflammation, but what about silent inflammation… internal inflammation… how does it manifest? How does it make you feel?
Some signs and symptoms of inflamed brain syndrome:
~ foggy thinking
~ poor short-term memory
~ difficulty concentrating
Your Second Brain.
Finding the source of the inflammation usually starts by taking a look at your “second brain”. Didn’t know you had a second brain, did you?
Dr. Michael Gershon of Columbia University has called the gut the “second brain.” Your gut actually has a mind of its own. In fact, it is the only other organ besides the brain that has its very own nervous system.
Have you noticed that when you feel anxious and irritable your stomach will “act up” (gas, bloat, diarrhea, reflux, indigestion, constipation)? Think about this in a new way — an upset gut will cause an upset mind. The anxiety, irritability, etc can start in the digestive tract.
Some experts consider the intimate relationship between the gut and the brain requires they be considered as one system. It’s that significant.
Yes- your inflamed gut- due to food sensitivities, poor diet, stress, parasites, imbalanced gut flora, leaky gut, etc- can cause your brain to become inflamed. Don’t take this the wrong way but, your brain health is literally a reflection of your digestive health.
This is a novel way of thinking about mental health. We can actually prevent the cognitive decline that is associated with aging through the gut.
Remember my favorite numbers?
About 90% of your brain neurotransmitters (the ones that keep you relaxed and happy) are made in your gut.
About 80% of your immune system is found in your gut.
“Better Gut Health” Nutrition Plan
What do we do to lower gut inflammation, so we can lower brain inflammation, so we can remain balanced, happy and sharp thinkers?
First step is to clean up the diet. This can address most issues but if you don’t see the results you want, then you might want to take it a step further…
*Identify food sensitivities by doing the 21 Day Metabolic Cleanse or another hypoallergenic, “elimination and challenge” program.
* IgG Food Panel – 96 Foods. Helpful laboratory test to identify potential delayed food sensitivities.
* Find out exactly what is going on in your gut. Inflammation? Parasites? Bacteria? Immunity? A GI Health Panel will give you all of that information and more.
Happy gut, Happy brain…
By Sherri Jacobs
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