How Important is Diet & Nutrition for the Brain?
The digestive track and related concerns are strong factors in cerebral chemistry. Food intake affects every cell in our body, when food is broken down to a chemical level, that chemistry in turn affects our body. About 40% of the nutrients we consume are used by the brain for its functions. There is a large number of research studies showing a link between psychological symptoms and intestinal health. Just as the brain send signals to the intestines, the intestines send signals to the brain. A UCLA study showed greater connectivity to various areas of the brain via fMRI's when pro-biotic foods were ingested.
Several research studies have been performed finding multiple common intestinal abnormalities in those with psychological symptoms. Inflammation of the lymph nodes and colon are among the most common. The epithelial barrier has also been found compromised due to the chronic inflammation, and overgrowth of bad microbiota in the intestines. With chronic inflammation, toxins and bacteria are able to surpass the intestinal wall infecting other body systems including the brain chemistry.
Intestinal dysbiosis is another common diagnosis in those with psychological symptoms. This consists of an overgrowth of unhealthy microbiota in the intestines (bad bacteria). Healthy bacteria needs to be restored which regulates toxins, bacteria, fungus and other dangerous microorganisms within the body.
Eat a healthy diet supports the healthy digestion of food and the health of the intestines, which in turn supports health in the brain.