Have you ever heard the phrase, “Trust your gut” or “I just had a gut feeling.” Well these phrases are becoming a lot more reputable. According to new research, our Gut Flora (bacteria, fungi and viruses) living in our gut can affect our mental health. There is said to be about six pounds of these flora living in our bodies. An imbalance of these can cause a variation of disorders including anxiety and depression.
Dr. Emeran Mayer from the University of California, Los Angeles believes that the micro flora living in children’s guts influence the developing structures in their brains as they grow up. These structures in their brains then influences their feelings and emotions along with mental health later throughout their life. Through a series of tests that take samples of gut bacteria and correlating them to MRI scans of the brain, there is a strong link to a specific amount/type of bacteria to different disorders.
Infants are exposed to their first gut bacteria from their mothers; however, throughout their early childhood antibiotics, diet, stress or even alcohol consumption may disrupt the bacteria.
So how does the bacteria in our gut communicate with our brains? It communicates directly via the Vagus Nerve that connects them. Research shows that there are more neurons wrapped around the gut than there are in the spinal cord. The bacterium is also able to produce neurochemicals that play a role in how we produce hormones and regulate our moods. Some of these mood hormones include serotonin, dopamine and gamma-amino butyric acid-which play a large role in anxiety and depression.
So your next question is, how do we fix the problem? It’s a smart idea to take probiotics to help foster the good bacteria found in your stomach. It is also a good idea to eat healthy and exercise to increase a healthy digestive system. But another great way is to use Holistic Sound Healing. Sound healing will help tell your body that it does not need to be anxious. By releasing emotions of anxiety and/or depression, it will be easier for your body to heal.
I have personal experience in problems with my stomach correlating to my anxiety. A few years ago I became very ill after a bad bout of food poisoning. My stomach was nowhere near where it needed to be in order to be healthy. I wasn’t able to keep any food in my system long enough to get the proper nutrition and I was unable to gain weight; I was only losing weight. I noticed that when my stomach would act up, so would my anxiety. It took about two years until my stomach started to finally kick the bad bacteria and produce more of the good bacteria. Sound Healing helped subside my anxiety and allow me to not worry about my stomach problems. This was a huge help because eventually my anxiety had created worse stomach problems. It is a vicious cycle that needs to be broken. This is why I encourage Sound Healing to help with stomach problems linked with anxiety and depression. Also, talk to your doctor about a probiotic that works well for you. For more information about gut bacteria being linked to your emotions, follow the link below.