The Surprising Relationship Between Gut Health And Brain Function

Did you know there is a surprising relationship between gut health and brain function?


If you’ve been following the latest health news, you may have heard about the gut-brain connection. Scientists are starting to learn that there is a strong relationship between gut health and brain function. Surprisingly, the gut can even influence your mood and emotions. 


These things present some interesting facts. When you improve your gut health, it will also improve your brain function. Then, you have to support your gut health. You will discover the latest research on gut-brain connections and some ways to improve your gut health. Stay tuned!

Your gut health affects your mood, and here’s how you can fix it. You can protect your mind and body by actually healing your gut. You also might wonder how your gut health affects your mood and well-being. 


In this blog, I will talk about gut health and brain connection. It’s essential to maintain your gut in good health if you want to stay happy and stress-free. 


The Nerve Connection


There is only one nerve underneath the top lining of the gut. This nerve connects the gut to your brain directly. When you are feeling stressed or down in the dump, it might be time to take a closer look at your gut health. The gut-brain connection is a real thing. 


Your gut connects to your brain through a nerve called the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is one of the vital nerves in the body that helps you rest and digest. When you stimulate the vagus nerve, it sends signals directly into the hypothalamus and pituitary axis. It affects your mood centers in the hypothalamus.


“The VAGUS NERVE is the tenth cranial nerve. It controls MOST of the organs in the body, including the heart, lungs, and DIGESTIVE system. It also helps to regulate blood pressure and heart rate. 


The vagus nerve is vital for communication BETWEEN the BRAIN and THE REST of the body. It sends signals to the brain that control how we feel emotions, such as happiness and sadness. It also helps to MANAGE our breathing and DIGESTION.”


The nerve also connects with your stress hormone cortisol affecting your levels. If you’re stressed out or tense, it can cause your vagus nerve to send a signal through your gut. When you have an intestinal infection, not eating correctly, food allergies, or an autoimmune disease, these can cause the nerve to send signals directly to your brain. The brain, in turn, will function according to the messages it gets. 


Food Issues


There are several ways gut health can be compromised through poor diet, stress, and medications. Medications affect your gut. They prevent the absorption of very critical nutrients and cause some metabolic dysfunction. You need to replenish these nutrients. They also affect food digestion. When you’re eating fast food or fried foods, the foods affect your gut health by causing more inflammation.


When you eat foods sensitive to your gut, for example, inflammatory foods such as gluten, dairy, corn, and soy, these foods cause a lot of inflammation in your gut. Another factor is stress. When the level of your stress hormone cortisol is high, the absorption of nutrients in your gut is affected. It also affects your mood and well-being.


Gut Health Symptoms


Gut health symptoms may include anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, and skin problems. I had a client who came to me with severe acne. I made a few simple changes by eliminating certain foods, and her acne was gone. The best way to maintain good gut health is through a healthy diet, regular exercise, and adequate sleep.


I know that sometimes sounds very mundane, but it’s that simple. Eating a healthy diet also means the right one for you. You must pick out of your diet those sensitive foods. You must exercise regularly, that is the right kind of exercise, and you must not over-exercising. You must have adequate and good quality sleep. And if you have more of these symptoms of gut health problems, please see a Functional Medicine practitioner. 


Gut health is a hot topic in the wellness world for a good reason. The connection between gut health and brain function is fascinating, and scientists are only beginning to scratch the surface of how they are related. In this blog post, we’ve explored some of the crucial points researchers have discovered.


If you’re intrigued by what you’ve read, we encourage you to schedule a discovery call with us. During this call, we can discuss your specific situation and help you create an individualized plan to support optimal gut health and improved brain function. Thank you for reading!



If you’re experiencing a gut-brain connection problem and would like help getting to the bottom of it, we’d be happy to schedule a discovery call with you. During this call, we can discuss your symptoms in more detail and come up with a plan tailored specifically for you.


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