In this week’s episode we talk about the gut-brain axis. Stress and cortisol levels in our bodies disrupt our gut health and then our gut health disrupts our cortisol levels and our nervous system. This creates a vicious cycle that leads to various health issues including anxiety, depression, insomnia and many more. By solving the gut-brain axis and healing it we can heal from these chronic issues. So, what is this gut-brain axis?
The mind-gut connection is related to the Vagus nerve. The Vagus nerve is the longest nerve in our bodies and it is heavily involved in the parasympathetic side of our systems, it decreases stress, helps with calmness, relaxation, lowers heart rate, etc.
If we don’t get enough of this parasympathetic system happening then our health gets depleted. If we’re constantly in stress and we’re constantly in sympathetic nervous system response then we’re not going to get enough rest and digest correctly.
When we’re under chronic constant stress not only are we always in sympathetic mode but we also have constant signaling to our adrenal glands which are responsible for making cortisol. We can have high or low cortisol levels as we can have high or low adrenaline levels. You can find yours by doing a saliva and urine test with me by ordering it in my online store here: https://doctordoni.com/product/assess-your-stress-type/
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Why Are Cortisol and Adrenaline So Important?
By knowing your cortisol and adrenaline levels you’re going to know whether the signaling to your Vagus nerve and your digestion is in a stressed state.
If your digestion is in a stressed state you will not digest correctly. Nutrients are not going to be absorbed. You could be eating a lot of healthy foods and veggies but you will just be overfeeding your gut bacteria.
Imbalanced cortisol and adrenaline also causes something called leaky gut which is when the intestinal cells are not recovering the way they should causing a permeable intestinal lining which means that undigested food is able to leak through the intestinal cells triggering our immune system.
To know if you have leaky gut you can do an IGA and IGG antibodies finger poke test with me which is available through my online store here: https://doctordoni.com/product/igg-iga-food-sensitivity-home-testing/
With this test, which involves analyzing your system’s response to 100 different kinds of foods, you will be able to know what foods to avoid to heal your gut and gut bacteria. Not only that, leaky gut triggers inflammation everywhere in your body, your joints, your skin, your brain (this is why it is the gut-brain axis), etc.
Many illnesses are associated with a deficient gut bacteria and autoimmune systems like COVID, EBV, HPV, allergies, asthma, eczema even anxiety and depression and dementia. And our gut health is completely associated with how well we’re recovering from stress. Throughout my career I have helped thousands of patients to improve their lives by addressing the gut-brain axis problems they may have, healing their leaky guts and overcoming and mastering their stress. I can work with you either one-on-one or in one of my group online programs to help you solve this because you shouldn’t have to do this on your own.
I really see that chronic health issues can be solved just by knowing cortisol and adrenaline levels and the degree of leaky gut in one person.
I only work with specific non-habit-forming supplements, nutrients and herbs that help you get back on track.
How Do We Heal the Gut-Brain Axis?
To start healing our nervous system and our gut-brain axis we must go slow. One of the main things I do in my programs is teaching you to come into alignment with the rhythm of your body and the rhythm of healing that works for you and your specific life.
In my book Master Your Stress Reset Your Health, I talk about knowing your stress type so that you can implement self-care and stress recovery based on your specific stress type, which means learning and having awareness for your body and learning the rhythm of your Vagus nerve.
I want to make sure that you’re feeding yourself and your nervous system in a way that it can know that it’s safe to process the food correctly so that it doesn’t have to trigger an immune response or an inflammatory response to protect you from your own food.
Please I would love to hear from you if this is something you’d like to learn more about from me, please e-mail me or contact my office and let me know.
And you could also start with my online Leaky Gut Program – and get started healing immediately!
Or you can reach out to me to set up a one-on-one appointment if you prefer.
You can also check out my most recent Masterclass: Transform Your Life: Get to the Root of Anxiety and Depression:
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