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Depression

Psychiatric research conducted in 2010 has placed depression into a family of related conditions sometimes referred to as the “affective spectrum disorders”.  These may include migraine, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and generalised anxiety disorder, among many others.

Source:  Gardiner A, Boles RG; Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. 2010 Aug 5

Of further interest is the fact that depression occurs in up to 60% of patients who suffer from gastrointestinal illnesses including Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Chronic Inflammatory Bowel Disease such as Crohn’s disease.

Source;  Whitehead WE, Palsson O, Jones KR.  Gastroenterology.  2002 Apr; 122(4): 1140-56

Another highly interesting finding regarding depression is that a child’s first six months determine that child’s later response to stress and likelihood of developing depression.  Proper population with good bacteria for your baby’s gut is imperative and highlights the need for giving your baby quality probiotics for the first year of its life, whether or not you are breastfeeding.  It also supports the need to introduce solid foods correctly and gradually so as not to imbalance their delicate digestive system.

Source:  Bienenstock J, Collins S. Clin Exp Immunol.  2010 Apr; 160(10:  85-90

The above research highlights the need to maintain a healthy gut in order to maintain a healthy mind.  Live blood screening is an invaluable tool to assess the health of your digestive system.  Arrange an appointment with Dagmar on 5530 1863 today or speak to your natural health practitioner about ensuring your gut is as healthy as possible.