NUTRITIONAL CONCEPTSSPECIAL REPORT - 11/15/2006
-- The Gut/Brain Connection.
-- Bonnie Appearing in the Daily Herald.
-- November Sale.
-- Thanksgiving Tips.
-- Home for the Holidays?
The Gut/Brain Connection.
--------------------Our gastrointestinal tract acts as a "second brain." Think of the brain in our skull as the North and the enteric nervous system that hides in our gut as the South.
The connection between the brains lies at the heart of myriad maladies, physical and psychiatric. Ailments such as anxiety, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers and Parkinson's disease manifest symptoms at the brain and the gut.
Many doctors will acknowledge that the majority of patients with anxiety and depression also have alterations of their GI function. Antidepressants, for example, cause gastric distress in up to a quarter of the people who take them. "Butterflies" in the stomach are caused by a surge of stress hormones released by the body in a "fight or flight" situation. Stress can also overstimulate nerves in the esophagus, causing a feeling of choking.
The role of the South Brain is to manage every aspect of digestion, from the esophagus to the stomach, small intestine and colon. The South Brain accomplishes this with the same tools as the North Brain, a sophisticated nearly self-contained network of neural circuitry, neurotransmitters and proteins. Consequently both brains are affected by many of the same drugs and diseases.
Where do the problems begin? Poor diet and psychological trauma. Chronic gut disorders are integrally linked to poor dietary lifestyle and/or early childhood traumas like parents' divorces, chronic illnesses or parents' deaths. What happens early in life from a dietary and psychological standpoint, along with an individual's genetic background, programs how a person will respond for the rest of his or her life.
If you have gut and/or psychological issues, what can you do to help yourself?
Implement The Four Rs:
Give the gut time to relax with no trigger foods.
The gut has a miraculous ability to heal itself if given the time and the right fuel.
Infuse healthy flora with probiotics; if applicable, address enzyme deficiency.
Incorporate a less restrictive, balanced dietary lifestyle to fit your individual needs.
Ruling out the following is critical to achieving gut/neurologic health:
-Screen for food sensitivities/allergies.
-Screen for yeast imbalance.
-Find a solution for eliminating or preventing virulent pathogens and superbugs that are becoming more and more resistant to current medication such as E.Coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus Aureus, and Clostridium Difficile.
-Eliminate or prevent gastrointestinal reflux; long-term GER/GERD medication can be detrimental to the gut.
-Screen and/or manage Celiac, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's, and other GI diseases.
We have seen it time and again. If one brain heals, the other often follows suit.
The Healthy Gut/Brain Paradigm:
1. Create an optimal diet and nutrient lifestyle. Emphasize the removal of sugar and food chemicals from your diet.
2. Apply stress reduction techniques.
3. Aim for optimal emotional balance through conventional, medication-free psychiatric counsel or, if needed, psychopharmacology.
4. Utilize complementary therapy such as Chiropractic or Acupuncture.
As always, I suggest making an appointment with our professionals to seek the path that is right for you.
If you would like nutritional self-help literature, the best Action Plan to follow is The Pain Relief Diet. It removes many of the dietary triggers that cause GI distress and the two week menu allows your gut to relax!
Have a happy, healthy day.
Bonnie Appearing in the Daily Herald.
--------------------Bonnie will be featured in a special holiday piece for the Monday, November 20th issue.
Access the article online (usually appears several days later).
Carlson Lemon-Flavored Liquid Cod Liver Oil
Metagenics Ultra Flora Plus DF 60 cap
(our broad spectrum probiotic of choice)
Twinlab Quercetin + C 100 capsules
Biocodex Florastor Extra Strength 50 capsules
---------------------Purchase meat or poultry that is free range or organic, hormone and antibiotic-free.
-Use real ingredients. Read labels. Avoid productsts that contain preservatives, added sweeteners, artificial sweeteners, monosodium glutamate or its derivatives, trans fats, nitrates/nitrites, etc.
-Alcohol is loaded with calories. Minimize your intake or substitute with sparkling water or club soda (an added benefit is feeling more full with water so you won’t eat as much).
-Exercise a bit more leading up to and after Thanksgiving to burn more calories.
-Don’t obsess about avoiding food during Thanksgiving. If you restrict yourself too much, you’ll either be depressed or “pig out” later!
Home for the Holidays?
--------------------Your kids are back from college. Family is in town. Young children are on winter break. What better time for them to get a jump on wellness for 2007?
Book a wellness evaluation for your loved ones.
Nutritional Concepts, Inc.