Gut Health & Neurological Disease

They say you are what you eat, and more research as of late has identified the importance of the gut microbiome and its relationship to the development of some neurological diseases! What we eat can have a major impact not only on our digestive system, but also on our mood and the development of many autoimmune disorders as well.

Our microbiome consists of many different types of bacteria which co-evolve to create a symbiotic relationship inside the human body. The development of this microbiome is dependent on many factors which include: the absorption of microorganisms from your mother at birth, types of foods consumed, stress, as well as a genetic predisposition to certain bacteria.

Those of a lower health status tend to have a less diverse microbiome which often include many inflammatory factors responsible for disease. The gut microbiome can communicate with the brain via a number of mechanisms and is able to influence the central nervous system, through the development of nerve cells and the immune system.

As a Naturopathic Medical intern, treating these gut microbiome issues can be the root treatment of preventing and alleviating symptoms of many of these conditions.

What Can You Do to Improve your Gut Health?? 

  • Eat a whole foods diet including plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Include Protein!!- add a variety of sources which can include eggs, chicken, fish and limit red meats (pork & beef)
  • Add more Healthy fats- these can include avocado, nuts & fish
  • Limit processed foods, saturated fats and trans fats- anything in a package
  • Probiotics!- these help to replenish the healthy bacteria in your gut and can help reduce gas and bloating

*See a licensed Naturopathic Doctor!

Some foods that are generally considered anti inflammatory, can have very much the opposite effect in a number of people. Getting a full assessment and intake done is the best way to ensure you are doing the right things for your digestive system! Everyone is different and creating an individualized treatment plan is at the foundation of naturopathic medicine.

 

Yours In Health,

Laura Pipher