In this interview with functional medicine expert Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo, we talk about the rarely acknowledged gut-brain connection. With modern research, we are gaining a deeper understanding of how digestion and the gut micro-biome effects the brain, and common symptoms of mood disorder, and poor concentration.
You don't always connect that your:
- Brain Fog
...are coming from the foods you eat or the damage that has been done to your gut. When we get into habits of eating on the run, eating processed foods, eating gluten, etc, we may not notice a direct correlation between the meal and the brain symptom. But in fact the internal inflammatory response could be increasing every time you eat.
Dr. Ritamarie is like a walking encyclopedia of health knowledge, and she is very generous about sharing it. Here are some things we cover in the interview:
1. How are the gut and brain connected?
2. How do we make neurotransmitters and what do they do?
3. What can go wrong in the gut that leaves us not digesting and absorbing nutrients?
4. How do we come to have parasites and candida in the gut, and what damage do they do?
5. What are some of the worst habits/things we do to our guts?
6. What are a few reparative things we can start doing right away?
Dr. Ritamarie shared some helpful links both to help educate practitioners on this important relationship, and to give everyone more tools to nourish their own gut-brain axis.
Dr. Ritamarie also has an upcoming, affordable live event for practitioners called SHINE (Oct. 30 - Nov. 1, 2015.) Please see this separate blog post for more details.
Here's Dr. Ritamarie's previous interview on blood sugar.