This article is Part III of a three part series.
This post continues the discussion on priorities in interventions. In this post, I'm going to look at priorities 8 - 14 from the list individually. Each priority item could receive several volumes of information about its relative importance. A lot could also be said just to introduce information about each intervention, so the explanations are by no means exhaustive or complete.
There are more microorganisms living in your gut than there are human cells in the body in terms of number. Some say that the number of microorganisms present in the body is roughly equal to human cells if one counts the red blood cells.[i] In either case, there are a lot of foreign, non-human cells in the human body.
These tiny plants, bacteria, and other such organisms can either help us or hurt us depending on their relative population densities. If you have a higher number of the “good guys” and a lower number of the “bad guys” you will generally have better health, and this includes brain health.
As has been stated above when considering exercise, the gut is the birthplace of many neurotransmitters in the human body, and this will affect the brain and our mental health.
Achieving optimal gut health will help many with mental health conditions.
Often supplementing with a good probiotic can help in this process. Other helpful things to consider may be healing the gut walls through L-Glutamine and other supplements. Additionally, digestive enzymes and fiber may help with this gut rebuilding process.
In addition to exercise and supplements, eating right will also allow the good bacteria and other tiny friends to grow, whereas sugar, wheat, and other poor choices tend to make the bad guys grow.
Rebuilding your gut can reap huge benefits for your mental health condition in many ways.