In recent years I have become increasingly interested in the gut-brain connection and it’s relationship to emotional/psychological health. More and more, I am seeing some incredible information about the impact of diet (especially gluten and sugar), stress, and our Western lifestyle on our bodies and minds. In brief, we are host to an enormous population of bacteria in our gut, knows as the ‘microbiome’. Much evidence is now pointing to the health and diversity of the microbiome (that is, having the right proportions of different bacteria) being implicated in a range of different physical and psychological health conditions. These include: Depression, Anxiety Disorders (including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, ADD/ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, and Food Allergies and Intolerances. Many of my clients and their children, who suffer from some of these conditions, also have difficulties with their digestion, experience stomach pain and bloating, have difficulty sleeping, or generally don’t feel at their best physically.
I aim to help clients to see if some of their emotional difficulties might be affected by gut-brain health, and to support them in their efforts with other practitioners to find natural ways to improve their psychological health, and that of their children, by understanding the role of the gut and the gut-brain connection.
Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain - for Life by David Perlmutter
Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar - Your Brain's Silent Killers by David Perlmutter
Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Under-Rated Organ by Giulia Enders
A Mind of Your Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives by Kelly Brogan
The Anti-Anxiety Food Solution: How the Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood, and End Cravings by Trudy Scott