Gut / brain health

 
 
In some cases of brain dysfunction, neurofeedback may not be the place to start. This is where one needs to look to the 'second brain' of the gut. 
 
The microbes in our intestines play a vital role in the creation and absorption of bio-chemicals. These chemicals are building blocks for neurotransmitters (brain chemicals); psychoactive compounds needed for proper brain function.  The brain's chemical balance plays a vital role in our cognitive development, psychological health, sleep patterns and stress responses. 
 
If the natural balance in our gut is disturbed by poor diet, environmental toxins, antibiotics or medications, it can have a heavy impact on the brain. Functions like memory, concentration, focus, mood, and energy levels can all suffer when the chemical balance isn't right. If the gut's imbalance is chronic, it may lead to inflammation of the central nervous system and general brain instability. 
 
Gut health is beginning to be seen as a major factor in autistic spectrum disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraines, and difficulties with behaviour and concentration.  
 
By tailoring the diet and eliminating any foods that cause inflammatory reactions, we can optimise brain function, support the digestive organs, and restore the gastro-intestinal system (the gut-brain axis).
 
If we suspect a neurotransmitter imbalance, we will refer you to a local gut health professional. Later, it will be time to see us for 'clean-up' work for any remaining symptoms. 
 
Read a few quick help tips on brain function and diet here...