The feeling of nausea that comes when you hear unexpected news isn’t just a coincidence. The connection between your brain and your stomach is very tight, and is the reason we use phrases like “trust your gut,” or “what is your gut telling you?” Even though these sayings have been around for a long time, it’s very easy to overlook the connection between your stomach and your brain. Sometimes when you’re feeling low, you have to go back to the basics; in this case, the basics refer to what your body is telling you. If you’re feeling off-kilter, it’s likely that you’re having stomach issues as well. Ironically, and why this connection becomes troublesome, when you’re having stomach issues, you can feel equally off-kilter.
According to a recent article on the treatment of depression, experts have pointed out that depression lowers one’s tolerance for pain. Someone who is experiencing depression may be looking to find a solution to their body pains by targeting that specific area, when, in fact, it is only a symptom of a larger problem. The reasons for certain aches and pains when it comes to depression still has doctors mystified, but the connection between gastrointestinal health and emotion is something that experts have seen for years.
Symptoms of depression can come in many forms, and GI troubles is just one of the ways that depression can debilitate you. New research is showing that the makeup of bacteria in your gut can also influence your emotional health. The true basis of your illness, whether it be digestion oriented or depression oriented, can be helped by treating your gut inflammation. Unfortunately it’s a never-ending cycle if either pain point goes untreated. Further research has shown that the cause of GI inflammation could be a dysfunction of the “gut-brain axis.” The good news, is that studies show positive signs of easy treatment.
Doctors and researchers agree that treating GI illnesses with psychologically based approaches have a greater improvement in their overall health than those who received treatments of a more conventional type. As stated earlier, it’s not difficult to figure out how these seemingly separate issues relate to each other; the difficult part is treating them both at the same time. By incorporating healthy probiotics into your diet and getting in a little bit of physical activity, your mood will improve and so will your gut health. Because of the healing in both pain points – brain and stomach – your symptoms will weaken over time thanks to the same connection between the issues that gave you grief in the beginning. It’s a difficult challenge to start a treatment as physically and mentally involved as this, but it will aid in your journey.
Our entire body is connected and functions because of these connections. It is vital to your health to know how your body functions and why certain foods, acts, or environments affect your body. Pay close attention to your health and don’t be afraid to think outside of the box when looking for solutions to your pain points. By speaking with your primary healthcare provider, you’ll be able to beat your depression symptoms and soothe your depression all at once for some much needed relief.