Depression is linked to poor gut health and inflammation

Your “gut” might be telling you it’s time to see a therapist.

Do you feel down, depressed or hopeless? Do you suffer from anxiety? Have you lost interest or pleasure in doing things? Do you have trouble sleeping? Are you irritable, easily frustrated or restless? Is your appetite poor or do you overeat? Are you overweight or underweight? Do you have thoughts that you would be better off dead or of hurting yourself in some way? If you answered yes to any of these questions, your “gut” might be telling you it’s time to see a therapist.

According to the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) website, depression affects about 16 million American adults every year. Anyone can get depressed, and depression can happen at any age and in any person.

Your gut known as your second brain may hold the key to your happiness.  Research has revealed a link between bacteria imbalance in your gut’s microbiota, chronic inflammation, and depression. For example, studies show that people who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation also commonly suffer from depression and anxiety.

So what is the gut’s microbiota and why is it important?

The microbiota is made up of trillions of cells including bugs, bacteria, viruses and fungi living inside your gastrointestinal tract and is essential for your nutritional, immunity and brain health.  Brain images of people with depression show that their brains have increased neuroinflammation which is inflammation that starts in the gut and travels through the vagus nerve, (the longest nerves connecting the gut & brain) to the brain which is linked to depression.

How to improve your gut health and reduce the chronic inflammation that’s linked to