The Brain Gut Connection

DO YOU EXPERIENCE THE FOLLOWING?

  • ADD - ADHD – OCD – PDD – Depression – Foggy thinking – Short term memory loss - Autism
  • Poor intestinal function – Gas – Bloating – Constipation – Diarrhea – Colitis – Crohn’s – IBS
  • Fibromyalgia – Joint pain
  • Eczema – Chronic skin conditions
  • Endometriosis

If you experience two or more of these health issue or symptoms, you should check out your BRAIN-GUT connection.

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TWO BRAINS: The gut-brain has its own independent nervous system. And it has more neurotransmitters and serotonin than your brain. You all know that you can get butterflies in your stomach, or lose your lunch (or worse) in very stressful situation. But did you know that what happens in your gut feeds right back to your brain?

Did you know that studies show that an irritable bowel (which affects nearly 60 million Americans) can cause an irritable brain? It is not being anxious and irritable that messes up your stomach, it is your stomach that makes you anxious and irritable. Did you know that a bloated belly can cause a bloated and inflamed brain?

Your Gut and your Brain are connected. You need to heal your GUT if you want to heal your BRAIN.

Your Second Brain: Dr. Michael Gershon of Columbia University has called the gut the “second brain.” In fact, your gut literally has a mind of its own. While it is connected to the brain through an extensive network of wiring and communication systems, it is also the only “organ” besides the brain that has its own nervous system.

We call it the ENS, or enteric (or gut) nervous system. This gut-brain actually comes from the same embryonic tissue as the brain-brain. And it is still connected via the autonomic nervous system, the sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves. Acting completely independently, the ENS has a number of important jobs. It keeps everything moving in the right direction, from the top down, by coordinating the contraction of muscle cells.


It triggers the gut hormones and enzymes to be released from cells to promote digestion. It helps keep the blood flowing so when you absorb your food it can get to where it needs to go. And it controls the immune and inflammatory cells in the gut. All that happens in the background and is commuted back up to your brain via the autonomic nervous system. Think of it as two independent but inter-dependent businesses. They must coordinate and communicate, but can also act independently. Literally everything that happens in your gut is communicated to your brain via the ENS.

If your gut is stressed out, if it is inflamed, if it has too few probiotics, or if the protective barrier that lets food in and keeps toxins out has been breached, your gut tells your brain about it. That makes your brain unhappy. So you have a happy brain, you have to have a happy gut. And one of the best ways to do that is to heal your gut-immune system.

THE GUT-IMMUNE SYSTEM: Some 70 percent of your immune system lies right under the one-cell-layer thick lining of your gut. Its job is to let in ONLY the good stuff from food and keep out the bad stuff, like toxic bacteria and undigested food particles.

In fact, if you laid your gut out flat, it would be the size of a tennis court. And there are 3 pounds of bacteria comprising 509 species covering that surface. If this surface breaks down, look out, your brain won’t be happy. Your immune system will get activated and start reacting to foods and toxins in your gut. This can make your brain and mood inflamed. You can also absorb toxic molecules into your bloodstream which can get to the brain and make you think you are losing your mind.

A big part of the problem is that the way we live, and all of the drugs and medications we take, damage our entire gut ecosystem. This includes our sugar and junk food-rich, low fiber diet as well as chronic stress. So what happens when things go awry and our gut breaks down from the total load of stressors and toxins in our bodies? Some individuals can develop DEPRESSION, ADD, AUTISM, ALZHEIMERS, OCD, ANXIETY, or just plain bad moods and brain fog.

HAPPY PEOPLE HAVE HAPPY FLORA!

Dr. David Relman from Stanford is studying the DNA of the ecosystem of bugs in the gut. He has found that the bugs that live in your gut may be more important in determining your health than your own DNA fingerprint. A healthy gut is a healthy brain. The key to a healthy gut is recognizing that you have dysbyosis or disturbed bowel flora and inoculate your gut with the most effective probiotic formula on the market, CytoFlora.

HEALTHY GUT FUNCTION

The Benefits of Balancing the Gut with CytoFlora

  • Improved Digestion
  • Increased Absorption of Nutrients
  • Stronger Immune System
  • Increased Focus
  • Healthier Bowel Function
  • Balanced Moods

“Most people, including many physicians, do not realize that 80 percent of your immune system is located in your digestive system, making a healthy gut a major focal point if you want to maintain optimal health.”
- Dr. Joseph Mercola, MD

What is Gut Dysbiosis?

Gut dysbiosis is an imbalance in the microbial environment of the gastrointestinal tract (GI). Typically, a healthy person will have an optimal amount of good bacteria and microorganisms to combat any unhealthy bacteria, parasites, and yeasts in the lower digestive tract. Gut dysbiosis can result from a deficiency of good bacteria or an overgrowth of harmful organisms. 

In a healthy colon, the beneficial bacteria count is up to 100 billion per milliliter. However, in the typical American intestinal tract, that count may be as low as 4 or 5 per milliliter.

Some Symptoms of Gut Dysbiosis

  • Indigestion, Diarrhea, and/or Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Allergies
  • Food Intolerances
  • Bloating, Belching, or Excessive Flatulence
  • Weak or Cracked Finger Nails
  • Skin Irritations and/or Rashes
  • Chronic Yeast Infections

What is the Difference between Good and Bad Bacteria?

Bad bacteria are pathogenic. They are disease-causing microorganisms. Good bacteria are known as probiotics, living microorganisms that have beneficial effects on human health.

Why is this Important to my Health?

When there is a significant decrease in friendly beneficial bacteria and a high level of unfriendly pathogenic bacteria in the gut, this can trigger the onset of chronic degenerative disease and a suppressed immune system. Driving these pathogenic microbes out of the gut is key to decreasing inflammation and restoring balance in the gastro-intestinal tract. 

If gut dysbiosis persists over time in a person’s body, it can lead to leaky gut syndrome and inhibit proper nutrient absorption from food. Leaky gut can occur as a result of damage to the intestinal walls caused by harmful microbes and the toxins they produce.

Gut Dysbiosis May Cause Weight Gain

When gut dysbiosis is present, incomplete or improper digestion occurs. The body then fails to get the full nutritional value from ingested food and you remain hungry. Even if you’re eating the right foods, this inability to break down food correctly can leave you nutrient deprived.

Dysbiosis can also lead to food intolerances. Food intolerances are caused by reactions to foods, either because of improper digestions, damage to the gut lining, immune dysfunction, or improper enzyme production. When you develop a food intolerance, your body begins to attack that particular food as part of its immune reaction, which causes a number of biochemical changes to occur.
When you eat food you are sensitive to, the body often releases endorphins as it ramps up its defense to fight the offending culinary invader. Our body misinterprets those signals and wants the endorphin rush, so cravings for the intolerant foods are induced.

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What is CytoFlora™?

CytoFlora™ pushes pathogens from the gastro-intestinal tract and corrects gut dysbiosis while both delivering an immune strengthening impact and creating an environment for healthy intestinal flora to colonize.

CytoFlora™ contains beneficial bacteria that have been cell wall lysed (decimated), releasing the vital substances and nutrients from the cell wall and cytoplasm. These immune system modulators exist inside the cells of healthy bacteria and are not readily available in most probiotic formulas. BioRay’s proprietary manufacturing process makes CytoFlora™ a unique and potent lysed probiotic tincture.

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GI Dysfunction & Autism

It is believed that as many as 75% of autistic children are affected by gastrointestinal dysfunction. BioRay's new cell wall lysed probiotic, CytoFlora™ has been shown in clinical testing to correct microbial imbalances, drive pathogens out of the gastrointestinal tract and encourage re-colonization of healthy bowel flora.
In a 35-day study of ten autistic children, Immunobilan testing by VIP Dx Laboratory measured immunoglobulins A (IgA) and M (IgM), two antibodies that play a critical role in immune system response. Baseline results showed elevated IgA and IgM levels, signifying an immune response to bacteria and "leaky gut". At completion of the study, results revealed a 55% overall decrease in IgA levels and a 27% decrease in IgM levels.
Parents of study participants initially reported a variety of symptoms, including:


  • Food sensitivities
  • Yellow teeth
  • Hyperactivity
  • Lethargy
  • Irrational behavior
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Anxiety
  • Detachment from their environment
  • An inability to communicate verbally and nonverbally

After 21 days on CytoFlora™, scores on the Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist, which measures Communication, Sociability, Cognitive Awareness, and Health/Physical/Behavior, indicated a 30% overall improvement.

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Until now, antibiotics have been the only recognized treatment for elevated bacteria and gastrointestinal inflammation.
"We see many Chronic Fatigue and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity patients in our laboratory with elevated IgA and IgM. Most are put on antibiotics for eight months followed by a course of probiotics. The CytoFlora™ results represent the first time I have seen this kind of decrease in IgA and IgM in only a few short weeks."
- Craig Setter of VIP Dx Laboratory