NEUROGASTROENTEROLOGY, a subspecialty of gastroenterology, studies the overlap of brain and gut function.
In 2017, for the first time, UCLA researchers established an association between gut microbiome (the trillions of bacterial viral and fungi cells that live within our colon) and the brain. This relationship is often referred to as the Gut-Brain Axis.
Additional research confirms how the gut microbiome influences hormone, cardiac, cognitive, digestive and inflammatory processes of the body.
As humans we begin to build our microbiome the minute we are born. We actually inherit much of our microbiome at birth from our parents.
There are many factors that may damage or throw our microbiome out of a healthy balance. Diet, medications, stress, heavy metal exposure, surgery and trauma are contributing factors.
Some of the most exciting and promising treatment for anxiety and depression focuses on the interrelationships between the individuals microbiome and its influence on neurotransmitter hormones. The same hormones produced by the microbiome and our moods.
It appears the adage, ” I have a gut feeling”, is actually true!
A functional medicine consult and functional lab testing helps to discover the underlying causes of gut barrier and gut brain axis dysfunction. The goal is to resolve the cause(s) while avoiding pharmaceuticals when possible.