So as described above, the foods we eat and the state of our gut are linked to mental illness. Interestingly, Hippocrates, the founding father of medicine said, ”All diseases begin in the gut”! And did you ever hear that your gut is your second brain? Do you ever have a gut feeling? Do you ever have butterflies in your belly? Let me explain more, first, 90% of all cells and genetic material are in your gut and 80% of your immune system is in your gut. Many of your hormones are manufactured in your gut for example; serotonin which affects your mood. Digestion happens in your gut as does absorption of nutrients which provide your body with the nutrients it needs to work properly! In order to be healthy, your gut flora has to be dominated by beneficial bacteria and not by the opportunistic (bad) bacteria, as is unfortunately the case for many. This creates toxicity in the body entering the blood stream, leading to disease, instead of a state of well-being. The toxins pass through the blood-brain barrier leading to issues with depression, anxiety and other psychological illnesses. Gut flora is negatively affected by antibiotics both via medication and consumption of animals fed antibiotics and hormones, medications, pesticides, herbicides, other chemicals, poor diet, stress and other environmental factors. So the question is how do you fix the problem? Consult a medical professional, and obtain a diagnosis so you can begin receiving help. Nutritionally, you need to heal and seal the gut through diet and consume healthy animal fats and fermented foods, which are loaded with probiotics! Juicing vegetables, eating a variety of vegetables and fruits both cooked and raw, adding healthy fats to your diet such as fatty fish, avocados, raw butter and ghee, and reducing or eliminating consumption of processed and sugary foods are key. Eat as closely to nature as possible. For example, eat a fruit instead of drinking juice from a box! Keep your blood sugar levels stable. To do so, include a protein, healthy fat and a complex carbohydrate at every snack and every meal. Also you can prepare a mixture of room temperature virgin coconut oil with some raw honey. Consume 1-2 teaspoons every 20 minutes during the day for at least 2 weeks. The way we live is also important; exercising, meditation, yoga, seeing a psychologist, being part of a group or community and building a healthy social circle can all help with mental illness. Surround yourself with positivity!
Dr. Campbell McBride, Natasha. Gut and Psychology Syndrome. Cambridge, MedInform Publishing, 2010.