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What is the Gut Brain Connection or Gut Brain Axis?

The gut-brain connection is a bidirectional communication system between the gut & the brain (central nervous system).

The gut and the brain are interconnected in several ways:

๐Ÿง  The vagus nerve is the primary communication pathway between the gut & brain. It is the longest cranial nerve from the brainstem to various organs in the body, including the gut.

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป The gut produces & houses a significant amount of neurotransmitters, including serotonin & dopamine, which are commonly associated with mood regulation.

๐Ÿง  The gut also produces hormones that can affect the brain's function & vice versa.

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป The gut & brain communicate through the immune system. Inflammatory responses in the gut can impact brain function & visa versa.

๐Ÿง  Behaviour of the gut microbiome can have a crucial role in gut health & overall well-being.

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป The gut-brain connection is complex & plays a significant role in various aspects of health, including mental health, stress responses & gastrointestinal function. An imbalance in the gut-brain axis has been linked to conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), anxiety, depression & other mood disorders.

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