The gut is often referred to as the second brain as it’s a central hub which is interconnected to the other organs of the body.
The gut and the brain are connected via several pathways, known as the Gut-Brain Axis. But the question is, can gut health affect your mental health? Can gut health cause anxiety or depression? This is a bidirectional link, meaning it’s a two-way street. Not only can our gut influence our mental health but our emotional state can in turn affect our gut. Mental health as well as physical health are two very important components when it comes to gut health. If you are suffering, your gut may also be suffering. Causes of bad gut health can directly relate to how your mental health is doing and can work both ways in relation to the causes of mental health.
For example; 95% of the hormone which controls our happiness, Serotonin, is synthesised by the cells of the gut. Therefore, the more stable our mental health is, the healthier our gut is likely to be.
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Diet interventions and supplements will quickly improve the gut microbiome abundance and diversity, which in turn has been shown to reduce fatigue, depression, anxiety and stress.
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