Gut Health and our Mood

15th June, 2022

by Shannon Egan, Integrative Chiropractor, NET Practitioner & Kinesiologist, Beyond Self, Dee Why

Gut health is really the cornerstone of all health. You may have heard the quote “all disease begins in the gut”.
Your gut contains 70-80% of your immune cells, which means your gut basically affects everything. It can be the root cause of a low immune system, chronic fatigue, allergies, anxiety, a foggy brain and depression.
The area I am most passionate about is how your Gut can influence and have a profound effect on your mood. As someone who has experienced a lot of these symptoms after suffering a brain infection (Encephalitis) I have firsthand knowledge of the complexities of gut healing.
So often the gut causes inflammation that not only affects our gut with symptoms such as bloating, constipation and pain but also our mood and mental state. This is often termed the Gut-Brain axis whereby the gut communicates with the brain via the vagus nerve.
The body works as a system to help heal these symptoms and a multifaceted approach is always necessary.
Most often we look at 3 main aspects:

1) Changing the diet to remove the high inflammatory foods
2) Detoxing the body of harmful toxins such as bad bacteria, viruses and parasites
3) Healing the emotions that have created the stressful state of your gut

Gut inflammation is often driven by subconscious stress putting the whole system into sympathetic dominance or fight/flight mode. You may have experienced NET (Neuro-emotional Technique) in the clinic.
But have you experienced NET whilst you’re detoxing your gut???
This takes clearing the body of old thought patterns to a whole new level.
We find toxins such a bad bacteria, parasites and viruses are often linked to negative thought patterns or stressful events that have happened during a person’s lifetime. These toxins often carry a charge emotion related to the events that were happening at that particular time in your life.
Once old thought patterns are changed, toxins are often free to be expelled from the body as the environment they were housed in – (your gut) – is no longer in the same stressed state.
Finally, combining different modalities such as faecal testing through Nutripath Labs, blood tests, food intolerance tests and Applied Kinesiology can effectively achieve great results and get to the root cause of your gut/mood symptoms.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the gut/brain connection and what emotions may be linked to your mood or gut problems please call the clinic to arrange an appointment.

Shannon Egan
Integrative Chiropractor
Beyond Self, Dee Why

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