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November, 2021 Add comment

Psychological disorders and your gut: II


It’s strange that the relationship between psychological disorders and your gut is still not established

Firstly, I indicated in part one of this article, that back in the days families often used to eat very simply. No biscuits, sweets, cake, pizza, chips, soft drinks or whatever was given to you as a child. Therefore, in Epigenetics, the relationship between your gut and psychological disorder is very clear. To clarify please read our article on the gut microbiome as a supplement to this article,

In conclusion, scientific research has shown us that there is a significant relationship between the gut and the brain. Not only the intestines, but also the gram negative (bad) bacteria that live in the intestines can be the cause of various disorders. These range from Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ADHD, ADD, Autism, depression and many other psychological complaints.

The intestinal system is a second brain

The intestines have their own nervous system, namely the enteric nervous system. Because of this, the intestinal system is often compared to a second brain.

Nerves are elongated cells connected throughout the body. They communicate through electrical and chemical signals via synapses located at the tips of these nerve cells. In this way, they create a network that serves the whole body. The chemical signals that pass through these synapses are called neurotransmitters. 

Neurotransmitters have an inhibiting or stimulating effect. Dopamine is a stimulant and gives a lot of energy, while GABA has an inhibiting effect. The spinal cord and the brain are the centers where all these nerves meet. In these centers, it is determined what happens to information from these nerves. The only exception is that reflexes are automatic, because of the important quick reaction. Reflexes therefore work without these impulses being processed by the brain. 

The enteric nervous system senses what is going on in the gut

The enteric nervous system senses what is going on in the gut and how it should respond. For example, the brain can make contact with the intestines via the Nervus Vagus, but this is one-way traffic. The intestines, on the other hand, can communicate constant with the brain and have 100 million nerve connections at their disposal! In fact, you can conclude from this that the intestines have a greater say than the brain and not the other way round. 

Which has to be, because you have to remember that the brain can’t survive without food. Which food we eat and how that food is prepared therefore determines how our brain works. The food we eat must provide us with the right nutrients to be able to function properly. Through our impoverished and processed food, but also simply by constantly eating the wrong food, we do not give our body the right nutrients. Compare it to a diesel car that suddenly gets petrol. Everything gets stuck, and so it is in our bodies.

The intestine, however, has no less than 200 to 600 million nerve cells, which is in fact as many as the spinal cord, and thus regulates everything that happens in the gastrointestinal tract.

Intestinal bacteria (intestinal microbiome) can also transmit signals

Toxoplasma Gondii is a good example of this. Contamination with this parasite, for example, can cause changes in your thoughts. In other words, your character can be distorted. Research has shown that people who are infected with this parasite (estimated at 50% of our population), cause many more car accidents. 

There have been experiments with mice who were confident and scared mice. They were pushed to jump from the same height. The confident mice jumped much faster than the frightened mice. They saw that the confident mice did this so much faster. Then the gut bacteria from the scared mice were placed in the confident mice and vice versa. The result was that the scared mice became many times more confident, and the confident mouse became much more afraid to jump from that height. 

The same tests have been done with depressed people who were given gut bacteria from non-depressed persons. It was proven that the depression was greatly reduced. Also, obese people have an intestinal flora that, when transplanted into a slim person, becomes obese by itself.

How is it possible that these intestinal bacteria, which actually digest our food, have such an influence on our brain and character? 

Intestinal bacteria make signal substances with which they send out messages in your body.  If you have good intestinal bacteria, these substances also have a favorable effect on you. If there is a surplus of gram negative bacteria, parasites and molds in your intestines, then they produce signal substances which have a negative effect on you. These then enter your body via the brain-gut nerve and the blood everywhere, with all its consequences. For example, these negative gut bacteria can develop depression, all kinds of skin complaints. Furthermore, hormonal complaints, irritability, over excitement, not being focused, etc. 

There are an incredible number of types of bacteria and parasites in our intestines. We don’t know how many of them work at all yet, but don’t underestimate the impact these tiny organisms have on the way your brain works. 

The intestines also make a lot of hormones

The intestines also make a lot of hormones, including the brain hormones which, as mentioned, determine how the brain works. Research has shown that the intestines produce far more brain hormones than the brain itself. It is estimated that 1% of intestinal cells are hormonal cells. But hey produce more endocrine cells (hormonal cells) than the pituitary, thyroid and adrenal glands combined. These endocrine glands are important in producing hormones for the body.

As you can read in the above linked article by X-Codex, hormones have a major role in the brain, but also in the functioning of the immune system. One hormone adrenaline activates your body and immunity and another hormone cortisol dampens the activity and immunity.

The food you eat, but certainly the composition of the microbiome and the functioning of the immunity, also determine to a large extent the functioning of your brain. If, for various reasons, not enough hormones and signalling substances can be produced in the intestines, or not the right ones, then this has a major effect on your psyche. 

If your intestine is leaky, because of an incorrect intestinal microbiome, this will have a major effect on your immunity and the hormones that control it. But also on the production of signal substances needed for the brain. The composition of the intestinal microbiome is therefore very important for your mental and physical health.

Serotonin is the most significant (brain) hormone, also dopamine and melatonin, but insulin also has a strong effect on the brain. The brain hormone cholecystokinin or CKK also has a significant function. The exorphins and endorphins also play a major role in the functioning of the brain. Read on about the brain hormones made by the intestines in part 3 of this article.

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