The Gut-Mind Connection 2
Presented by Sarah Stevens, Naturopath and Director, Luxton Clinic
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“Leaky gut, leaky brain” - how leaky gut can affect mood, Autoimmune disorders, coeliac disease and the mind gut connection
What is Zonulin, and why is it so important to your mental wellbeing?
What are candida biofilms and how chronic candida overgrowth affect your stress levels and hormone balance
How is the oral contraceptive, fructose malabsorption and anxiety linked?
Probiotics - when should you be taking them and what type of probiotic for anxiety, stress and mental health?
What can you do to decrease leaky gut and improve your mood through diet and nutrition?
Luxton Clinic's five day 'gut healing' nutrition plan to help kick start your Mind Gut healing journey.
The research that is tumbling out about the Mind-Gut connection is exciting and a little scary! Would you think that after one course of Antibiotics you could then spend the next four years repairing your gut bacterial balance? Ever heard of leaky gut? As Naturopath’s we have been using this term for years to describe what is now scientifically backed up by calling it a tight junction (TJ) dysfunction in the intestinal barrier. This dysfunction could lead to auto-immune diseases specifically coeliac disease and rheumatoid arthritis and can contribute to mood disorders such as anxiety and depression.
The discovery of a protein called Zonulin released from our liver and intestinal cells is the main cause of Leaky gut by allowing these tight junctions in our intestines to open. This creates immune reactions and inflammation which causes an imbalance of our delicate bacterial balance in our gut.
Not only can this cause an imbalance of our healthy bacteria but can also allow overgrowth of other pathogenic (bad) bacteria, fungus and parasites. Candida albicans is a fungus that can thrive in an inflamed and stressed gut and can cause a multitude of symptoms such as mood swings, anxiety, depression, irritability, difficulty concentrating, poor memory, lack of focus and brain fog. Traditionally the “Candida diet” was a useful tool to help decrease candida overgrowth which is an extremely restrictive diet that is unsustainable on a long term basis. It is also nutrient restrictive and generally when you start to re-introduce restricted foods the candida symptoms reappear. Recent studies show that repairing the intestinal barrier and supporting the good bacterial balance is more useful in preventing reoccurring Candida infections rather than elimination diets alone in supporting long term gut and mental health.
Other factors that seem to contribute to the imbalance in our mind-gut connection and seen so often in our clinic are the use of hormone based contraceptives. More often than not there is growing evidence of the link between PMS mood symptoms, IBS and the bacterial imbalance caused by the use of hormone based contraceptives. So many young women are now experiencing anxiety and mild depression symptoms along with a diagnosis of fructose malabsorption (remove and) who have also been using a hormone contraceptive over a long period of time. Like the candida diet, stopping hormonal contraceptives isn’t always the sole solution but also Repairing the gut lining and improving healthy bacterial balance along with implementing stress management techniques and lifestyle changes.
Fructose malabsorption alone can disrupt the breakdown and absorption of important amino acids (proteins) from our diet, in particular tryptophan which is an important building block for serotonin production (our feel good brain chemical) and also a decrease in our good bacteria which make between 70 - 95% of our brain chemicals.
Dietary and lifestyle changes can help to decrease your 'leaky gut' and support a healthy Mind-Gut connection along with professional advice from your health care provider.
Nourishing snacks will be served on the night, plus you will go home with lovely gifts from some of our community partners.
Sarah Stevens has over 10 years of clinical experience with a Bachelor of Health Science and post-graduate Nutrition Medicine qualifications. Sarah is a registered Naturopath with the Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA). Read more about Sarah and Luxton Clinic here.
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