The past 2 days we've been talking about some conventional and alternative treatments for "depression".
So today, let's dig a little deeper to see if there truly is a light at the end of this devastating illness.
Okay . . . so there are 2 key elements to "depression" that science and conventional medicine don't talk about. And that would be . . . "acidity" and our body's lack of "good" bacteria.
I've spoken many times about the devastation "bad" bacteria can cause to the body and this illness is no different. And this is why . . .
Believe it or not . . . the gut connects with the brain through chemicals like hormones and neurotransmitters that send messages. And this chemical messaging system can be affected by "bacteria", "viruses" and "fungus" that live in the gut.
So the real answer to relieving "depression" . . . is a "mind-body" approach.
You see . . . if the intestines are in trouble meaning lack of "good" bacteria . . . they will send signals to the brain . . . just as a troubled brain can send signals to the gut.
Have you ever experienced something sudden, scary, stressful, nerve racking or disturbing and "BOOM" . . . you get a nerve stomach and have to go to the bathroom???
Well . . . that would be a good example of the brain communicating with the intestines.
And on the reverse side . . . A person's stomach or intestinal "distress" . . . can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress and "depression".
So let's dig even deeper . . .
As we know . . . the gut is lined with more than 100 million nerve cells and function with a neuron circuit system, which is just like the function of the brain.
You see . . the gut bacteria also produce hundreds of neurochemicals that the brain uses to regulate basic physiological processes as well as mental processes such as learning, memory and "mood".
So are you can clearly see . . . the gut and the brain are intimately connected.
And guess what? . . . our gut bacteria in the intestines manufacture about 95% of the body's supply of "serotonin".
Remember the other day . . . we found that high levels of serotonin in the brain are linked to elevated mood and feeling happy. Whereas . . . low levels are linked to the symptoms of "depression". And low levels of a serotonin "byproduct" have been linked to a higher risk for "suicide".
Okay . . . so another part of this link between "bad" bacteria and "depression" . . . is the "inflammation" that is a result of the immune system trying to eliminate the overgrowth of "bad" bacteria.
And guess what? . . . Inflammation can cause "depression" and depression can cause more inflammation in the body, which depresses the body even more.
In a previous Health tip, I spoke about a "Cytokine Storm" that can fester in the body. And these cytokines are directly involved with inflammation. Now, as we know . . . cytokines are part of the immune response when there's an infection in the body.
But . . . over time, cytokines that were called to action BUT not used . . . can harbor in the body and cause an echo of "inflammation" in the brain, which has been linked to "depression". All because we have an overgrowth of "bad" bacteria.
So we now know, that lack of "good" bacteria, an overgrowth of "bad" bacteria and the inflammation this scenario causes . . . are the root cause of "depression".
Tomorrow, we'll continue this journey to find our light . . .
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