n today’s world, there are a rising number of cases of gut issues, autoimmune diseases as well as mental health problems.
When someone seeks counselling therapy for their stress, anxiety or depression, they often have some kind of physical condition as well. Either they have autoimmune conditions, gut issues, allergies or some kind of inflammatory conditions.
There is strong evidence that there is a link between gut and brain. Let’s take an example of alcohol. When we fill our gut with alcohol then it's the brain which is most affected.
Similarly, if we have particular types of microbes in your gut that produce alcoholic toxic substances to your brain that cause anxiety, depression and panic attacks. These are neurotoxins which can make anyone mentally ill.
One group of these microbes are yeasts, including Candida species and they have great relation with sugar and carbohydrates.
When a person with healthy gut eats carbohydrates - that dietary glucose is converted into lactic acid, water and energy through a biochemical process called glycolysis
But when someone with Yeast overgrowth Candida eats carbohydrates - then these microbes convert glucose into alcohol (ethanol) called acetaldehyde. So these people with overgrown candida are permanently ‘drunk’ particularly after a carbohydrate meal.
These alcohol substances are very damaging for our brain and gut and this is the cause of autoimmune diseases because the immune system makes antibodies against these altered proteins and then it may also attack normal proteins in the brain like Myelin.
It damages myelin in our brain which is a cause of multiple sclerosis, autism and dyspraxia.
It also led to functional deficiency of vitamin B6 and thyroid dysfunction. As a result the person develops depression, lethargy, fatigue, weight gain, poor immunity, memory problems etc