Time for a Gut Check

I read a very interesting article from the Wall Street Journal about the role your gut plays in how your brain functions. While the two may seem like they have nothing in common, researchers are discovering the exact opposite.

A growing body of research shows the gut affects bodily functions far beyond digestion. Studies have shown intriguing links from the gut’s health to bone formation, learning and memory and even conditions including Parkinson’s disease. Recent research found disruptions to the stomach or intestinal bacteria can prompt depression and anxiety—at least in lab rats.

Better understanding the communication between the gut and the brain could help reveal the causes of and treatments for a range of ailments, and provide diagnostic clues for doctors.

The bottom line? The healthier your gut, the healthier your mind and body are (at least in lab rats!). In my opinion, this is a huge discovery. There could be a link between gut function and conditions like autism and Parkinson’s, not to mention more common ailments such as anxiety and depression.

Of course, your gut health is dependent on the position of the gut, which is the collective name given for your esophagus, stomach and intestines. If the hips (stomach and intestines) and spine (esophagus) are out of alignment, your gut won’t be as healthy as it could and should be, plain and simple. You have to give your body a chance to be healthy. Asking the body to perform when it’s out of alignment is like asking a race car to perform at its optimum level with the front end being out of alignment. There’s NO way it will be operating efficiently.

QUESTION: What are your thoughts on this new research?