How The Vagus Nerve Can Help Depression
Why is stimulating the vagus nerve a new component of better mental health? Is this why psychobiotics and the vagus nerve the new health frontier? It seems more treatments of brain disorders can begin in the gut.
In a previous podcast, I explained a new term and really, a “new” type of probiotics that many hadn't heard of before. That term being, “Psychobiotics”. Without going down a rabbit hole or creating a lengthy article, psychobiotics are what you might think of as probiotics, but they perform so much more than the normal gut bacteria we have.
Combinations Of Gut Microbiome
Do we all have the same gut dna? If we are to healthy as an individual, we should know how much does our gut biome differ from others and why it matters.
Just like your DNA, the population and make up of your gut bacteria is unique from everyone else. It's as unique as your fingerprint. There have been estimates of the amount bacteria found in your gut ranges from a trillion to tens of trillions in various combinations in any of the thousands of species that scientists currently know about. In a typical “healthy” gut microbiome, a body should have at least 85% good bacteria with the remaining bad bacteria.
Neurons In Your Gut
What is the second brain in the human body? Do we have a brain as powerful as the brain in our head? The second brain is our gut and controls many things.
When we use the term “second brain”, this is a very powerful statement, so t's important to understand how important the gut is (and can be) to our overall health. Taking a step back, we see the body has particular cells that perform particular functions. That's their 24 hour a day job.
Psychobiotics And The Manipulation Of The Gut-Brain-Signals
Do you know how your gut bacteria controls your brain? In order to live a healthy life, we should know how your gut bacteria affects the brain and body.
If I was to ask you how much bacteria do you think you have in your gut, what would you say? Would you say something like a couple dozen ounces? The amazing thing about our gut bacteria is that at any given time, a body could have up to 4 pounds of bacteria in a healthy gut. Would that surprise you?
Free Radical Production From Poor Digestion
What exactly are the causes of free radicals? Whether good or bad for us, it's important to find ways to reduce free radical production in our body.
If you were to Google what are some commonalities of many diseases like cancer, ADHD, autism, and other brain-related disorders like Parkinson's and depression, you'd find that oxidative stress is right up there and probably a bodily function that is found in the early stages of these diseases and disorders. So why don't we hear more about it?
Imbalances In The Gut And Insomnia
What is the relationship between gut health and sleep patterns? If so, are your sleep patterns affected by your gut and the health of your immune system?
More and more research is coming out showing a correlation between how healthy your gut is and how restful of sleep you get each night. So how does one affect the other?
Stomach Inflammation And Anxiety
Why is nutrition the key to fight depression? A strong correlation between nutrition and stress shows there are surprising effects of foods on nutrition.
One of the most underutilized way to address anxiety and depression is through nutrition and how we absorb that nutrition from the foods we eat. The key being nutritious and healthy foods. But what most people don't realize is that the lack of nutrition from foods can cause inflammation in the body, and this inflammation is one of the biggest culprits of depression and anxiety.
What Happens To Depression If You Exercise Everyday?
Do you know how much exercise reduces stress hormones? More research is coming out that the best way to combat anxiety is with physical exercise.
In previous articles, I've addressed how being mindful or prayerful as well as simply being outside can significantly reduce the effects of anxiety and possible depression. Now it's time to look at the third non-meditative way to address it; that being good old-fashioned exercise and physical activity.
Gut Biology And Health
What is the science behind how the gut works? How it functions & its importance is fascinating & necessary in understanding what can we learn from the gut.
There are so many interesting things about how our gut microbiome works in our bodies, from helping us to digest foods, to strengthening our immune system, to helping us regulate our mood and hormones. But how does it all work in tandem?
Sunlight Exposure And Depression
Does sunlight help with depression? Many enjoy being outside but does it have medical benefits? There is sunlight and depression research to be explored.
Understanding how our mental state can be negatively affected by many things is the first step in addressing depression and anxiety. But are there more natural approaches to addressing it other than medications, pills, or prescriptions? Although these are the default, there are several other methods that have been used for hundreds of centuries.
These podcasts are an extension of me sharing what I believe is the source to be healthy emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually: a strong gut.