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Brain Health and Neurotransmitters Linked to Gut Health

brain fog fatigue gut health inflammation Jul 07, 2014

Did you know that the health of your gut can effect your moods? A while ago, someone coined the phrase “Gut Psychology Syndrome” for the effect that a leaky or inflamed gut can have on neurotransmitter production (or lack thereof).   The special diet and protocol have been used for conditions such as autism, epilepsy depression, bipolar disorder, etc. “Grain Brain” is another term used for that brain fog that many people get from eating various grains, including the non-gluten ones.

While the diets and protocols laid out in those excellent books such as “Gut and Psychology Syndrome” as well as “Grain Brain” are a good start, with “leaky gut” syndrome and its associated inflammation, there is no one diet or supplement protocol which works for everyone. We are, after all, unique individuals genetically and spiritually. What works smashingly for one person needs to be adjusted for another. Laboratory results may indicate separate and unique causes for similarly appearing conditions.  Also, if the gut has been unhealthy for a while, nutritional deficiencies from malabsorption must also be identified and treated  to  fully restore health.

Naturopathic Doctors such as myself like to find and treat the cause of the condition.   I am finding is that many chronic illnesses are rooted in the inflammation of the GI tract. How it needs to be treated may vary greatly from one patient to another.   This is where labwork and testing come in. This is all evidence –based information from excellent and innovative labs that I trust and have worked with for over 20 years.

So if you are suffering from an inflammatory or autoimmune condition with or without a concurrent mood disorder, this is one avenue of treatment which you may want to explore. For patients who live far from the Denver/Boulder area, I also offer skype and phone consults.   Leave a message in the Contact Us section of this site.