The gut is known as the 'second brain'. It contains nervous system tissue, produces more serotonin and brain neurotransmitter than the brain. The brain and the stomach are both developed from the same embryonic tissue. The intestine and the brain are intimately connected and communicate in the secretion of gastric enzymes, acid, gastric blood flow and the rate of digestion. When the stomach leaks toxins into the body and the bloodstream, toxins also flow into the brain. How Does This Happen?
Toxic substance irritate the intestinal lining causing inflammation that eventually causes gaps or holes in the intestinal wall. This allows the flow of toxic particles to leak into the bloodstream which causes gaps or holes in your intestinal wall which cause an immune reaction in the body that creates a cycle of increased intestinal inflammation. Increased intestinal inflammation is an indication of inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease and colitis. Intestinal inflammation is connected with various autoimmune disease along with depression, anxiety and brain related symptoms.
The use of medications such as birth control, prednisone, antacids and steroids as well as foods that contain gluten, dairy, alcohol, excess sugar, processed food and fast food can cause intestinal inflammation. Infections such as yeast and bacteria overgrowth, parasitic infections, intestinal virus, hormonal deficiencies of estrogen, progesterone testosterone and thyroid hormones, stroke, brain trauma and brain degeneration can also caused intestinal inflammation. In addition to physical, emotional or chemical stress, which cause an increase in cortisol production by the adrenal glands, cause deterioration of the gut lining, degrees intestinal blood flow and over growth of fungi and bacteria.
Symptoms that are associated with intestinal inflammation are depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, poor memory ADHD, OCD, dyslexia, dementia and autism. Overuse of antibiotic, prescription medication, birth control pills, consumption of fast food, overly processed food, most will have intestinal inflammation to some extent. People who suffer from autoimmune disease or other chronic inflammatory disease, intestinal inflammation will be present.
Women tend to be more prone to developing intestinal Inflammation. Increased mental, emotional and physical stressors such as raising families doing home chores, working 9-5 along with taking birth control, antibiotics and medication have lead to intestinal inflammation. Perhaps this is why many women suffer from anxiety, depression, brain fog and mood swings.
There is Good News
An inexpensive blood test is available to determine if one has intestinal inflammation. 'Gut Restoration' is a program that can heal the digestive track.
Hippocrates said, 'All disease begins in the intestinal track'.
Natural Awakenings July 2012 Women, Autoimmune Disease and the Leaky Gut Connection, Dr. Marianne Beck