26 Oct Are digestive problems affecting your mental wellbeing?
Have you ever had “butterflies in your stomach”? Or been in a “gut-wrenching” situation? These phrases are used for a reason. The brain and the gastrointestinal systems are closely linked.
Your gastrointestinal system is sensitive to emotion – so whether you feel angry, sad, anxious, or excited, this emotion may appear as symptoms in your stomach. The brain can even trigger the release of stomach juices just by thinking about your next meal.
But what you may not know is that the connection can work both ways. A troubled digestive system can send signals of pain or discomfort to the brain, and can therefore be the cause of mental illbeing.
As an article in Scientific American reported;
“Scientists are increasingly convinced that the vast assemblage of microfauna in our intestines may have a major impact on our state of mind.”
“The gut-brain axis seems to be bidirectional—the brain acts on gastrointestinal and immune functions that help to shape the gut’s microbial makeup, and gut microbes make neuroactive compounds, including neurotransmitters and metabolites that also act on the brain.”
A new report has been published today which reveals that up to 300,000 people with long-term mental health problems have to leave their job each year. The Thriving at Work report was commissioned by Prime Minster Theresa May.
The review said that people with long term mental health issues were leaving jobs at twice the rate of their colleagues who don’t suffer mental health problems, and that poor mental health costs the UK economy up to £99bn each year.
Given that research is increasingly indicating that mental wellbeing is directly linked to digestive problems, it is imperative that we move towards a holistic approach to body health.
Dr. Peter FitzGerald, Founder and Managing Director of Randox Heath, commented;
“The notion that the state of our digestive system influences our mental wellbeing is a widely accepted one. Even as far back as the early 20th century, scientists determined that toxins emitted from the gut could produce infections linked with psychosis.
“As science develops we are gaining a greater understanding of how problems with your microbiota can affect your mood, sleep and stress levels. That’s why at Randox Health our scientists believe in the importance of whole body analysis, rather than focusing on testing one area in isolation.”
According to the World Health Organisation, one in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. With around 450 million people currently suffering from such conditions, it is important to know the source of mental illbeing to determine the appropriate treatment.
Our scientists at Randox Health thoroughly analyse over 350 of your body’s biomarkers (molecules within your blood that reveal what’s happening in your body). Your blood is highly informative – it tells us so much because it passes through all of your organs.
Without even knowing it, stomach problems could be contributing to your mental concerns. If it turns out that a gut imbalance is having an effect on your mental health, there is something you can do about it.
Each Randox Health screening check includes a scientific review with an expert, as well as repeat tracking of your biomarkers so we can help you stay in control of your health in the future and keep stress, anxiety and other mental health concerns at bay.
Contact the Randox Health team today to understand your full body health:
Tel: 0800 2545 130