The Gut-Brain Connection and Mental Health

The Gut-Brain Connection and Mental Health

The microbiome is an exciting and fascinating area of medical research.  It is now clear that gut bacteria can effect not only digestive health, but mental health as well.  Traditional treatments for cognitive conditions such as depression, anxiety, autism, ADHD, migraines, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s Disease are incredibly limited, and seldom account for the gut-brain connection.  Thus, it is critical to address gut health when treating these conditions.  In fact, gut health should be optimized for mental health in general. 

This can be accomplished through a combination of increasing probiotics and natural prebiotics, reducing sugar intake, avoiding foods that increase gut permeability and inflammation, and possibly working with a practitioner for further testing, therapeutic diet guidance, and supplement recommendations.

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