This post was inspired by an interview we (Dan and Evelyn) read by Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride. Dr. Campbell McBride found that digestion plays a major role in healthy development, mood, and mental health. Are you taking the appropriate level of care for your gut? Are you monitoring your sugar, gluten, and casein intake? Have you taken antibiotics, pain killer, steroids recently? Have you been or are you currently experiencing a high volume of stress? Is your diet filled with sugar and processes foods? Below you will find some key points that were addressed in the article. Click the button above if you would like to read the full article.
Most psychiatric patients suffer from digestive problems. They have unhealthy inner ecosystems where there is anovergrowthofbadbacteria, yeast and fungus which does not allow them to be able to digest food properly.
This creates a large number of neurotoxinsthat can move from their intestines through the damaged intestinal lining into the blood stream where the toxins are carried to the brain.
This reality makes digestive health imperative for anyone with a mental disorder. Correcting digestive health can treat the disorder, and in some cases heal it.
One source of neurotoxins is digestion of certain foods, especially processed foods likesugar, flour and milk products.
Many people who suffer fromdepression, schizophrenia, ADD,ADHD, and autismalso have anovergrowthof ayeast calledCandida albicans. Candida and other yeastsfeed on glucose fromsugarand digest it differently from thegoodbacteria in your gut.
Candida albicans(and other yeasts turn dietary glucose into alcohol (ethanol) and its by-product acetaldehyde, which isa colorless volatile water-soluble liquidaldehydeC2H4O used chiefly in organic synthesis that can cause irritation to mucous membranes(according to Merriam-Webster dictionary).
These toxic products of impaired digestion can:
Reduce stomach acid
Damage your gut lining
Impair your immunity
Affect your metabolism
Cause brain damage
For many people with digestive problems,consuming sugar is like consuming alcohol. Gluten and caseinare two other dietary substances that are difficult to digest and may contribute to mental health problems. Gluten is a protein found in grains, and casein is a protein found in milk and milk products. Many people with digestive dysfunction (and mental disorders) struggle to digest the proteins in gluten and casein. Their bodies turn these proteins into substances similarto opiates like morphine and heroin.
Researchers believe that these substances get into the brain and affect it just like the drugs would and could be a cause ofschizophrenia, depression, and other mental disorders.
Some common culprits that damage gut flora include:
Over-the-counter pain killers
Birth control pills
Diets full of sugar and processed foods
Diet and lifestyle aretwo key factorsthat can cause schizophrenia, depression, autism and other mental disorders. Similarly, diet and lifestyle can heal mental and physical health.