Leaky Gut Connection to Mental Health with Raine Irving Saunders
I wrote about my own family’s gut healing journey for allergies and Eczema before and I mentioned how we often talk of having ‘gut feelings’ and ‘butterflies in the stomach’. We’ve trusted our ‘gut instincts’ and told stories that had came from ‘the pit’ of our stomach. All metaphorically, of course. But is it?
Any biology class will teach you that emotions and feelings come from the brain. Then why do we refer to our gut whenever we talk about emotions and feelings?
It turns out, we have a ‘second’ brain in our stomach. Literally.
Our stomach is made up of complicated neural connections called the enteric system. To put it simply, the enteric system is comprised of nervous system, up and down the gut, from the mouth all the way down to the anus. And with the help of central nervous system and peripheral nervous system, it controls how our digestive system functions.
The central nervous system is in communication with the gut via the sympathetic and parasympathetic branches of the autonomic nervous system, the involuntary arm of the nervous system that controls heart rate, breathing, and digestion. The autonomic nervous system is tasked with the job of regulating the speed at which food transits through the gut, the secretion of acid in our stomach, and the production of mucus on the intestinal lining. The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, or HPA axis, is another mechanism by which the brain can communicate with the gut to help control digestion through the action of hormones. – The Good Gut
You see, there is a direct connection between the central nervous system (which brain is part of) and the gut. And the reverse is true too. The microbes in the gut affects the moods as they influence the production of neurotransmitter serotonin that affects our moods. Dr. Nancy Campbell-McBride states in her book, Gut and Psychology Syndrome, 80% of immunity starts in the gut but also when damaged gut lining allows the neurotoxins to escape into the bloodstream, they travel to the brain, cross the blood-brain barrier and affect the mental health.
In the Wellness Wednesday Episode #5 with Raine Irving Saunders from Heal Your Gut with Food, she explains her own experience of 20 year mental health issues that have been helped with the GAPS diet and other gut healing protocol.
The webinar covers:
- Raine’s 20-year long health problems, including insomnia, anxiety, depression, panic attacks and even suicidal thoughts
- Gut healing protocols she used and still uses
- What cause leaky gut or hysbiosis
- Examples of gut healing foods
Here are some of Raine’s gut related posts