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Mind the Microbiome for a Healthier Mind and Body

Addiction doesn’t just affect the brain; it also impacts mental health and emotions. Depression, bipolar, anxiety, and borderline personality disorder have been linked to gut health in recent years. The microbiome is the focus of new research which suggests the healthier a person can keep the gut, the more healthy a person’s mood and mental health can be over time.

Trust Your Gut

The gut consists of more than 500 types of bacteria and trillions of organisms. The gut is connected to the brain via the body’s longest cranial nerve, which passes through the neck and thorax. Known as the Vagus nerve, this is part of the enteric nervous system (ENS), which consists of millions of nerves, hormones, electrical impulses, and neurotransmitters. The ENS is often known as the ‘second brain.’

Implications for Recovery

The intestinal bacteria was studied in people with alcoholism. Some suffered from leaky gut syndrome, a condition where waste is absorbed into the blood. Following two weeks in rehab, those participants with leaky gut displayed little improvement with continued cravings and symptoms of anxiety and depression. Remaining participants who had health intestinal flora were recovering steadily and displayed significant decreases in cravings, along with fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Support for Addiction

Dietary treatments can help restore gut health for people in recovery from addiction. Mental health disorders may also improve with better gut health. Gut health is being looked at in relation to autism and even Alzheimer’s disease. Having a healthy microbiome can really improve digestion as well as overall health.

Improve Your Gut

A variety of fruits and vegetables along with nutritious foods can be healthier than processed, sugary foods. Fermented foods such as sauerkraut are also good along with avoiding stress and increasing meditation and yoga as part of a health regimen. The body craves balance so anything you can do to increase healthy balance will go a long way to increasing overall health.

What you put in your body says alot about what’s in your microbiome. If you are struggling with addiction, you likely struggle with nutrition and overall health. When the body is depleted it cannot function in a balanced way. To get back to balance, Serenity Recovery Center offers treatment programs, detox, and support for sober living. We make your healing a top priority. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 844-339-6964