Widely recognised as the body’s ‘second brain’ in recent years, everyone from nutritionists to doctors have been taking gut health more and more seriously when treating everything from obesity to stress. Neurologists are leading the way in gut health because they are finding that even in schizophrenic patients they see positive changes by getting diet right. Even Hypocrates said the gut was the foundation of health, and in the 1700s they believed that mental health problems start in the gut.
Hypocrates said the gut was the foundation of health
In short, the theory goes that if you have inflammation in the gut you will have inflammation in the brain, and equally, if you have a head injury you can develop a condition called a leaky gut which is when the layer of cells that line the intestinal wall become irritated and stop working the way they should.
The result is that larger, undigested food molecules and other ‘stuff’ that your body normally doesn’t allow through, will flow freely into your bloodstream. That is then linked to conditions such as celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, or inflammatory bowel disease, and other knock on effects such as tiredness, eczema, acne and a poor immune system… obviously there are a few stages before all of that, and there’s a very wide spectrum of food sensitivities that can be early indicators, not to mention the fact that everyone is different. The bottom line is that the gut is responsible for a lot more of our wellbeing than we might historically have given it credit for.
Many of the recommendations will not surprise you, but it may explain some of the obsessions of nutritionists and dieticians.