Understanding the gut-brain axis and its influence on overall wellness with Emily Harris

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Understanding the gut-brain axis and its influence on overall wellness with Emily Harris

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Today we have a very special guest joining us. Emily Harris, a biology enthusiast who will be sharing her personal journey of dealing with stress and the surprising ways it impacted her physical health.

Emily’s story is one that many of us can relate to, as she found herself experiencing a range of symptoms – from rashes and headaches to dizziness and ringing in the ears – all due to stress. Seeking solutions, she made significant changes to her environment and sought therapy, but it was the discovery of seemingly random things that helped her manage her stress that truly made a difference.

During our conversation, Emily highlights the fact that so many people, especially students, struggle to understand and regulate their bodies during times of stress. We delve into the impact of chronic stress on the body’s physiological functions, such as the gut-brain axis and blood flow. It’s fascinating to learn how chronic stress can even lead to autoimmune diseases and improper immune responses.

We also explore the connection between certain infections, like streptococcus, and behavior changes in children, as well as how specific environments can worsen symptoms for individuals with dysregulated immune systems. One study that caught our attention reveals that patients with PTSD have different bacteria in their stomachs compared to those without the condition, shedding light on the complex relationship between the gut and the brain.

Healing the gut for optimal well-being:

We also discuss the concept of “leaky gut” and its impact on immune system communication, central nervous system function, stress response, and metabolism. It becomes clear that healing the gut requires more than just a diet overhaul—it’s a holistic approach that involves implementing long-term lifestyle changes.

Throughout the episode, we touch on various topics related to childhood trauma, including maltreatment, neglect, separation, poverty, violence, and physical trauma. Emily challenges the notion that trauma is often brushed aside and emphasizes the importance of supporting young individuals who may be struggling, sharing some valuable resources for seeking help.

As we wrap up, we also reflect on the need for updated textbooks in our educational system, introducing a project called GEOME, which tackles this very issue. We stress the significance of case studies in contributing to our collective understanding of trauma and its effects on the body.

Join us as we dive deep into the profound impact of stress and trauma on our minds, bodies, and overall well-being. Emily’s story, combined with valuable insights and research findings, serves as a reminder of the importance of taking care of ourselves and each other.

We’re honored to have Emily on the show and extend our gratitude to the entire Connect My Brain team for their dedication to shedding light on these critical topics. Stay tuned as we explore the incredible interplay between our brains, bodies, and the world around us. As always, we invite you to contact us at Connect My Brain.

In this episode, we cover:

  • How chronic stress impacts our physiological functions and overall health
  • Some common physical symptoms that can arise from stress, and how can they be managed
  • The way childhood trauma impacts the body, particularly the brain-gut connection
  • The role the gut microbiome plays in our overall health, and how it relates to conditions like leaky gut
  • How diet and lifestyle changes help to heal the gut and improve overall well-being
  • The different ways neurofeedback and biofeedback can be used to regulate the body’s response to stress
  • Why is it important for the educational system to include current information about the brain-gut connection and childhood trauma in their textbooks
  • How case studies contribute to our understanding and conclusions about trauma and its effects on the body and brain
  • Some practical strategies for addressing stress and trauma in children and young adolescents
  • How individuals can start listening to their bodies to make dietary choices that support their overall health and well-being

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More about Connect My Brain:

Why is this happening to my kid and what can I do about it? If you are the parent of a developmentally delayed child then you’ve probably asked this question more than once. That’s where I come in! I’m Dr. Laura Hanson and I specialize in identifying the “why” and telling you the “what.” Join me every Thursday for a deeper look at how our brains are wired and how to get the most out of your mind. Are you looking to break negative patterns, overcome mood disorders, or optimize your potential? Maybe your child struggles with ADHD, OCD or other learning difficulties. Tune in to Connect My Brain, where I explain concepts like biofeedback and neurofeedback, brainwave frequencies, and much more. Let me help you change your life by changing your mind! Contact me HERE.

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