If you’ve read our previous post on leaky-gut, you already understand how the health of your gut can be an accurate reflection of your overall health. However, did you know that the correlation between your gut and your brain is one that is severely undermined? If you’re diagnosed with leaky gut, recent studies have shown you also probably have a leaky brain. Similar to leaky gut, leaky brain is blood-brain barrier permeability—which leads to the subsequent slow destruction of the protective blood-brain barrier. The blood brain barrier is responsible for protecting the brain against circulating pathogens or toxins that could lead to inflammation and infection.
When damaged, the blood-brain barrier opens the floodgates to invaders that can result in brain fog, anxiety, depression, as well as neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Furthermore, recent studies have revealed that “systemic infection of inflammation gives rise to signals that communicate with the brain and leads to changes in metabolism and behavior” which can result in the decreasing of the firing rate of neurons within the frontal lobe of the brain. As such, people with depression who are often prescribed medications do not show signs of improvement as the treatment fails to address the brain inflammation at its core.
So, what can you do right now to help re-build your blood-brain barrier?
Heal your gut.
Since leaky gut is directly linked to leaky brain, focus on first healing your gut. Once your gut is healed, you’ll find that you’ve addressed the root of the problem, and your symptoms should go away.