In this episode I will teach you what to do when you feel like your brain is low on cell phone bars.
People often describe it as brain fog or the inability to think clearly.
I often hear my clients say things like … “it’s like my brain feels staticky” or “it feels like my brain is not firing on all cylinders.”
The fogginess, the fatigue, the forgetfulness, the feelings of anxiousness, the digestive distress, the food intolerances, the tired but wired as soon as your head hits the pillow.
If this is your norm, I am here to tell you it doesn't have to be this way.
In this episode you will learn how to:
Repair gut microbiome imbalances and improve gut integrity
Repair the neurotransmitter signaling from your gut to your brain
Get the right nutrients to your brain for optimal mental clarity and stamina
And how doing so will zap your brain fog and fatigue. And finally get your brain and your body firing on all cylinders again.
HINT: Optimal mental clarity and stamina begins in your 2nd Brain, the GUT!
Most of us attribute it to not eating right, not sleeping well or stress. While those factors are definitely important to consider, we are now learning there is more to the story. Much more.
Watch the episode below to get a better understanding of why you feel this way and what you can do about it together with one of the world’s leading experts on the gut microbiome, the gut brain connection and cortisol/stress response, Dr. Shawn Talbott.
So what exactly is causing you to experience that pesky brain fog and fatigue?
Measurable factors in your biochemistry like:
Gut bacteria Imbalances (dysbiosis) & Gut Permeability (leaky gut)
When bad gut bacteria starts to crowd out good bacteria, that’s when you start to encounter problems. The technical term for it is dysbiosis. The first signs of it are digestive issues, fatigue, brain fog, increased sugar and processed food cravings and a metabolism that’s functioning at a snail’s pace. Sound familiar? Dysbiosis can often lead to gut permeability (leaky gut) which is when the food intolerances and autoimmune responses start to rear their ugly heads.
Did you know that 60-90% of your neurotransmitters are produced in your gut? In a healthy, diverse and balanced gut microbiome that is. And then communicated 90% one way from your gut to your brain?
These are the neurotransmitters responsible for:
- Mood (serotonin)
- Motivation (dopamine)
- Concentration and focus (norepinephrine)
- Relaxation and sleep (GABA)
- Compassion, connection & love (oxytocin)
When I finally stopped to understand this I truly felt like it was the missing link I was searching for within my own health puzzle. When your gut is out of balance the production and communication of neurotransmitters is greatly impaired – which is why you feel like your brain is low on cell phone bars. Makes total sense now right?
High Inflammation Levels
Inflammation occurs when your immune system response is low. And guess what? A healthy and robust immune system begins in the gut. When the gut becomes permeable or “leaky” it triggers all sort of inflammation responses and that’s when you can start experiencing over or underactive immune system issues.
Insulin, Thyroid, Cortisol are the hormones that are responsible for metabolism and stress - these hormones are all SUPER IMPORTANT. Insulin modulates blood sugar. The thyroid hormone governs and modulates your overall metabolic rate, the storage of fat and caloric expenditure and plays a role liver function. Cortisol is responsible for your stress response. If any of these hormones are out of balance you will experience things like fatigue, brain fog, low stress resilience and slow metabolic response. High levels of stress/cortisol blocks your body's ability to produce thyroid and insulin. Getting to the root cause of your stress exposure by repairing your gut will positively impact your insulin and thyroid levels.
What can you do about it? I always recommend that my clients follow my 5R Framework for Gut-Brain Connection Restoration:
Do a targeted intervention to get the bad gut bacteria to die off by following a grain/sugar free, vegan eating plan for 3 days.
Help good gut bacteria flourish by supplementing with the targeted probiotic strains (good bacteria) that have been shown to positively impact mental wellness (e.g. depression, anxiety and stress/cortisol response). It's imperative that these targeted probiotic strains be matched with their preferred food source, commonly referred to as prebiotics, to encourage the growth of bacteria once they are there. Phytobiotics are also essential to include in your diet to protect the good bacteria once it’s there.
The production of your "feel good" neurotransmitters in your gut and improve signaling between the gut and brain by giving your body the key nutrients needed to repair gut lining that can often be in short supply in a compromised gut. These nutrients include zinc, alpha and beta glucans, antioxidants (e.g. vitamins A, C, and E), fish oil, and the amino acid glutamine.
Your brain by giving it targeted nutrients for enhanced mental focus, stamina and cognitive function. These nutrients include pomegranate, green tea, omega 3 fatty acids, guayusa and healthy fats like olive oil, avocado and coconut oil. Coconut oil contains many gut nourishing properties.
It is important to pay attention to lifestyle choices. Sleep, exercise, and stress can all affect the GI tract. Balancing those activities is important to an optimal digestive tract. Make sleep a priority. Start to incorporate a short 5-10 meditation in the morning right when you get up and before you touch technology. New to meditation? Start HERE with Tara Brach’s guided meditations for beginners.
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