The health of your digestive system affects your entire well-being. If you are experiencing gas, bloating, constipation, indigestion, or heartburn – this may also be influencing your mood, energy, hormones, and immune system. Just four weeks after conception, we start out with a tiny patch of nervous system tissue. This separates into two patches, one that becomes part of our digestive system, and another that becomes our greater nervous system of the brain. Eventually, the two systems become connected by a large nerve, thus creating the gut-brain communication system. The nervous system in the gut produces the same chemicals that are involved in anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, and depression. In fact, 95% of our serotonin, the “happy hormone”, is produced in our gut! So, if our gut is unhappy- so are we!
In 2012, researchers at Cedars –Sinai contributed to the growing research about the immune system housed in our gut, just another indication that our digestion system has a paramount role in our entire health. A majority of my patients find significant relief in their mood and energy levels when their gut health is properly addressed. This means making sure there is a healthy gut bacteria balance, elimination of all food allergens, identifying possible parasite or yeast infections, addressing the cause of your digestive health symptoms, regular bowel habits, and a balanced diet that includes plenty of fiber and hydration.