Anthony Lee Eyecare- Leaky Gut Syndrome/GAPS
Everyone knows that our diet is linked to our health, but we tend to think of diabetes, blood pressure, heart disease, etc. Interestingly, 90% of our seratonin (a neurotransmitter in the brain) is in your intestines? This is because it is produced as a by product of the amino acid tryptophan, which also produces melatonin (another neurotransmitter).
Leaky Gut Syndrome or Gut and Psychology Syndrome, tries to explain how our diet may affect our psychological health in addition to the other stuff. It may relate to malabsorption issues, food allergies, intestinal inflammation etc. And while it may be easy to think this could lead us to not feel well, how about depression, forward thinking, sleep patterns, ADHD, autism to name a few. Seratonin has been linked to so many functions in our brain and body the list is too long to get into. Low levels of it are indicated in depression and other mood disorders and maybe even in dementia, heart disease, allergic/autoimmune diseases, etc. It cannot be taken as a supplement, so research is going into ways to make our seratonin system efficient. One of these is the use of natural light through our skin and visual system, which may be linked to vitamin D or other co-factors that may trigger seratonin production or allocation to parts of the body that need it. Certain food groups we eat may do the same.
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