Gut and Brainhealth

At times, addressing brain dysfunction might require a different starting point than neurofeedback. This is precisely where the significance of our gut, often referred to as the ‘second brain’, comes into play.

The microbes in our intestines play a vital role in the creation and absorption of bio-chemicals. These chemicals are building blocks for neurotransmitters (brain chemicals); psychoactive compounds needed for proper brain function. The brain’s chemical balance plays a vital role in our cognitive development, psychological health, sleep patterns and stress responses.

Impact of Gut Imbalance

If the natural balance in our gut is disturbed by poor diet, environmental toxins, antibiotics or medications, it can have a heavy impact on the brain. Functions like memory, concentration, focus, mood, and energy levels can all suffer when the chemical balance isn’t right. If the gut’s imbalance is chronic, it may lead to inflammation of the central nervous system and general brain instability.

Gut health is beginning to be seen as a major factor in autistic spectrum disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraines, and difficulties with behaviour and concentration.

Restoring Balance Through Diet

By tailoring the diet and eliminating any foods that cause inflammatory reactions, we can optimise brain function, support the digestive organs, and restore the gastro-intestinal system (the gut-brain axis).

If we suspect a neurotransmitter imbalance, we will refer you to a local gut health professional or Functional Medicine practitioner. Later, it will be time to see us for ‘clean-up’ work for any remaining symptoms.

The Role of Functional Medicine

Functional medicine is a holistic approach, integrating traditional Western medical practices and medical testing with time-honored healing techniques. It meticulously examines physiological disruptions such as gut health, intestinal permeability (leaky gut), liver function, and the endocrine system.

In scenarios where chemical or hormonal imbalances are present, starting with neurofeedback might not be ideal. This is where the expertise of Functional Medicine is invaluable.

Diet plays a crucial role in this approach. From ensuring the intake of appropriate nutrients and essential amino acids for neurotransmitter production to eliminating inflammatory foods, supporting digestive health, and restoring the gut-brain axis – every aspect is crucial.

This approach requires a comprehensive medical history to identify genetic susceptibilities, biochemical disruptions, accumulated stress, hormonal imbalances, toxicity, unresolved psychological issues, and unhealthy lifestyle habits.

In this patient-centered model, we form a partnership with you. Our goal is to empower you through education, heightened body awareness, and mindfulness, enabling a journey towards optimal health and well-being.

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