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The Gut, The Brain, Inflammation, and Neurodegenerative Disorders

Our gut works hard for us. It is comprised of tons of tiny microbes that work to keep

the balance of good bacteria and bad bacteria in check. This allows us for proper digestion! We may not realize that our digestion and gut bacteria go way beyond

just the confines of our gut.


The bacteria in our gut work towards helping our immune system. It aids in

fighting off invading pathogens that enter our body. In fact, it’s been shown that

proper gut balance is vital to our brain function and development through being

directly tied to the central nervous system. The Vagus Nerve is a major component of

the gut-brain axis and ties the two systems together. This direct communication with

the brain opens the door to neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease,

Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, autism spectrum disorder, and more.


This gut-brain signaling is also huge in developing inflammatory conditions such

as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Our whole body connects through our nervous

system. If we aren’t allowing our nervous system to operate properly, we feel those

symptoms of dysfunction. So, it’s important to make sure that this communication

pathway is as optimally functioning as possible. This includes ensuring the gut brain

connection is as healthy as possible!


Suganya, K., & Koo, B. (2020). Gut–Brain Axis: Role of Gut

Microbiota on Neurological Disorders and How

Probiotics/Prebiotics Beneficially Modulate Microbial and Immune

Pathways to Improve Brain Functions. International Journal of

Molecular Sciences, 21(20), 7551. doi:10.3390/ijms21207551


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