Have you heard that anxiety and depression contribute to people experiencing irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, bloating, diarrhea, or stomach pain? Research suggests a growing body of evidence that it may actually be the other way around! Keep reading to find out more about the connection between your mental health and gut health.
Good gut health can assist in good mental health
Researchers are finding evidence that irritation in the gastrointestinal system may send signals to the central nervous system that trigger mood changes. Jay Pasricha, M.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Neurogastroenterology states:
“These new findings may explain why a higher-than-normal percentage of people with IBS and functional bowel problems develop depression and anxiety,” Pasricha says. “That’s important, because up to 30 to 40 percent of the population has functional bowel problems at some point.”
At NeuroMend, we provide safe and effective treatment to support good mental health.
Surely, most of our readers by now have heard of “probiotics” and what a key role the health of the gut plays in overall health and immunity, but most Americans (that goes for doctors and patients alike) don’t realize that you can actually test to see how healthy your gut and digestion currently are.
Take control of your gut health
One of our members recently took control of their own gut health and wanted to get down to the root of what was causing her frequent diarrhea and stomach cramping. This is in spite of the fact that she eats a fairly healthy diet (which is always out first go-to in regards to troubleshooting the problem) and takes frequent high quality probiotics.
For the sake of the brevity of this article and how in-depth these results can actually get, let's allow the red and yellow colors below to do most of the heavy lifting in regards to assessing gut health, even if you don’t currently have poor digestive or absorption symptoms. For example, with other immune system related autoimmune issues such as Lupus, Hashimoto’s, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn's disease, IBD or other issues such as migraines or frequent skin irritations.
The segment below shows how poor her pancreatic functioning currently is. With low elastase, we can see that she is not producing the amount of digestive enzymes that is required for full nutrient absorption. Also, with the increased b-glucoronidase, she is setting up problems with removing excess hormones from the body; particularly estrogen.
But the kicker? See below. Most people go years without knowing that they have parasites or worms hitching a ride within their intestines. These little vampires stay attached to the intestinal walls and can wreak havoc from an inflammation standpoint in the gut.
They can also cause some fairly bad bouts of diarrhea. The good news is that with the proper protocol and another follow up test, we can be sure that she has rid herself of these unwelcome guests.
We have yet to meet patients thus far who would prefer just to roll the dice when it comes to parasitic infections or unhealthy bacteria overgrowth in the gut.
TEST; Don't Guess!
Long story short? Test; don't guess! You can reach out to our friends at HPHI to purchase your Gut Test today! They will have it drop shipped to your doorstep.
At Neuromend, we care about your holistic health and the best methods to help provide relief from mental illness and chronic pain. Whether it's functional medicine, Ketamine Infusions, Spravato, or Drip IV therapies, we walk alongside our patients throughout their entire healing journey.
Have more questions about what this entails or how functional medicine works together? Contact us for more information about our offerings or schedule a free consultation with us.
Disclaimer: As of September 29, 2023, NeuroMend no longer offers Spravato treatments. We apologize for any inconvenience and encourage you to consult with our team or your healthcare provider for alternative options.
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