Shit for Brains – The Gut-Brain Connection

So it turns out the phrase “shit for brains” is actually an accurate scientific description of many people.

Surprised?

Probably not. But all joking aside…

In recent decades scientists have compiled an enormous amount of evidence that proves your gut function directs the functioning of your entire central nervous system, including your brain.

This bi-directional gut-brain axis is essentially an extension of the nervous system, and studies have found that far more neurological information goes from our gut to our brains than vice versa.1, 2

What directs this entire system is the 100 trillion bacteria living in our gut and our shit.

But then stress happens.

The Science of Stress

Stress is the cause of all chronic disease because it triggers pathogenic changes to our gut’s microbiota. Basically, every time we get stressed we destroy healthy bacteria.

To put this in perspective: One hundred trillion bacteria is such a large number that if it were dollars, you could spend $50,000 per second for 80 years and not spend it all. Yet via stress we’re “spending” our gut bacteria at a far faster rate.

Here’s the reality of the situation:

  1. As the good bacteria are killed off, it triggers a breakdown of the epithelial tissue (skin on the inside of your intestines), which allows the gut to become leaky.
  2. Leaky gut then activates the immune system by allowing endotoxemia into the blood stream.
  3. This triggers an inflammatory cytokine production that breaks down the blood-brain barrier.
  4. As the blood-brain barrier breaks down, there is an alteration in neurotransmitter levels, which changes synaptic plasticity, decreasing “feel good” hormones and our ability to function optimally.
  5. Quickly after this there are neural, behavioral and mood changes, which in turn create more stress.

This is much like a snowball rolling down a mountain: If you ignore it, then it will keep rolling until it turns into a giant avalanche trampling your well-being.

The phrase “I feel like shit” literally comes from an imbalance in your elimination organs and the death of healthy bacteria. When the healthy bacteria die, pathogenic bacteria move in. They destroy the healthy gut-brain connection and then you get shit for brains.

How to Not Feel Like Shit

So when you feel like shit, what’s the answer?

Eliminate stress at its source.

There are three types of stress: Chemical, Physical and Emotional.

What is Chemical Stress and How Do I Eliminate It?

For many of us, chemical stress starts at the moment of our birth.

At birth a human gut is mostly sterile. But within the first year we should have 100 trillion bacteria living and working within us, much of it seeded while being birthed through the vaginal canal. This is why C-section babies have been found to have an altered gut-brain connection for life.

By the time we’re two years old we should already have 10 times more bacteria than human cells. These bacteria speak to the human brain and the brain talks back.

The second chemical stressor for many of us is when we’re not breastfed during the first year of life. Within breast milk are undigestible sugars called oligosaccharides. These undigestible sugars are the food for the healthy bacteria growing in our guts.

If a child is born via C-section, not breastfed, and/or given antibiotics during the first years of childhood (as most children are nowadays), then a breakdown occurs in the gut-brain system. This is clearly evident from the number of antipsychotic and psychotropic drugs sold in America. Currently one in six children has a developmental disorder created by a poor gut-brain connection.

One has to congratulate Medicine’s money-making business practices. The thinking behind it is linear, point A to point F.

  • Point A – Recommend a C-section planned birth.
  • Point B – Give the child antibiotics at birth or during the first year of life.
  • Point C – Recommend the mother use formula instead of breast feeding.
  • Point D – Diagnose the child with a developmental disorder created by the C-section, antibiotics and formula feeding.
  • Point F – Have a sick patient who will be a paying client for life.

But what about adults? Once you’re an adult, the best way to heal your gut is to simply avoid sugar, especially fructose. Sugar destroys beneficial gut bacteria and studies show the direct causal connection between consuming fructose and depression.3

Sugar does this by reducing plasma, tryptophan and serotonin production in the body4. To stop this sugar-stress connection, I always recommend people perform the DNA Reset. The 21-day DNA Reset literally resets your body, helping you quit sugar and repairing much of the damage done over the years.

Secondly, as a direct extension of not eating sugar, don’t drink alcohol. Alcohol is basically sugar in it’s most nefarious form – partially digested sugar. All this sugar creates inflammation, and to handle all this inflammation, many people take NSAIDS like Tylenol, which further destroy their gut-brain connection.

Finally, start consuming Pre and Probiotics. Think of probiotics like happiness in a pill. Taking probiotics daily and consuming more fiber (prebiotic) is how you re-seed a gut and achieve Whole Body Health.

What is Physical Stress and How Do I Eliminate It?

There are three forms of physical stress.

#1 – Lack of Exercise

If you want to be healthy, you need to be walking more and sitting less. Sitting is the new smoking. If you’re not walking daily you’ll soon have shit for brains.

Aerobic exercise is one of the best ways to reverse cumulative stress in the body5.

#2 – Improper Breathing

Continual stress drives us into a sympathetic fight-or-flight state, and we need our parasympathetic system to settle us down after the stress. But how can you activate your parasympathetic system and achieve the powerful anti-inflammatory benefits?6, 7

Diaphragmatic breathing.

This means learning to breathe with your stomach rather than your chest.

To do this, lie down on a flat surface and place a book on your stomach. Begin breathing with your diaphragm as deeply as you can. The diaphragm is the largest breathing muscle in the body and is located in your abdomen.

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As you inhale, expand your diaphragm and stomach so the book rises as high as possible; as you exhale, the book should fall to become level with the rest of your body. Do this for 10 minutes each day, especially when you’re feeling stressed.

#3 – Physical Pain

Living with pain or in a state of misalignment is detrimental for your nervous system and the gut-brain axis, further deteriorating the good gut bacteria.

Want to feel better? Go to a chiropractor or a massage therapist. Quit making excuses and call right now to make an appointment.

What is Mental Stress and How Do I Eliminate It?

Mental health disorders are strongly associated with leaky gut 8, 9, 10

The key to healthy mental function is, unsurprisingly, to just be happy.

Don’t live with people you don’t like, don’t work at a job you hate, don’t live a life you don’t want to live. Do things that make you happy. What makes your heart sing? Do that.

Additionally, try meditation. Meditation basically means to quit thinking so much and to become one with the moment you are in – which fortunately for you is reading this awesome article.

Sweet.

But after you get done reading this article, here’s how you can get started with meditation:

  1. Sit on a hard surface, back straight but relaxed.
  2. Begin breathing diaphragmatically. Take moderately deep, even breaths.
  3. Feel your body relax, starting from the soles of your feet and working your way up through the different parts of the body to the top of your head.
  4. Feel your mind begin to slow down. Try not to think about anything, but don’t worry if you can’t stop. This is the hardest part.
  5. Continue breathing diaphragmatically.

Try this for 5-10 minutes a day and revel in the way it makes you feel when you’re done.

How to Not Have Shit for Brains

It really is this easy to not have shit for brains. Here’s a quick review:

  • Avoid sugar and perform the DNA Reset
  • Don’t drink alcohol
  • Consume pre and probiotics daily
  • Exercise daily for at least 15-30 minutes
  • Breathe properly and diaphragmatically
  • Alleviate pain by regularly visiting a chiropractor and massage therapist
  • Be consciously happy
  • Meditate daily for at least 5 minutes

Want to not have shit for brains? Follow this simple formula.

 


1 Psychopharmacology (Berl.) 214, 71–88. 2011

2 Frontiers in Physiology. Gastrointestinal Sciences December 2011. Volume 2. Article 94.

3 Scand J Gastroenterol 2000;35:1048 –1052.

4 Scand J Gastroenterol 2001;36(4):367–371.

5 Front Integr Neurosci. 2013; 7: 86.

6 ISRN Gastroenterol. 2013 Apr 4;2013:630159.

7 Journal of Immunology, vol. 186, no. 7, pp. 4340–4346, 2011

8 Gut Pathogens 2013, 5:3.

9 Christmas et al, Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment 2011:7 431–439.

10 Clin Neuroscience Res. 2006 August; 6(1-2): 52–68.

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