Did you know that your feeling of the "blues" can be coming from your gut? The gut's brain makes more serotonin - the master happiness neurotransmitter-than the brain in your head. The relationship between the gut and the brain is bidirectional: Just as your brain can send information to your stomach, your gut can send its state of calm or alarm to the brain. The vagus nerve, is the primary channel between millions of nerve cells in our intestinal nervous system, and our central nervouls system, which comprisies the brain and spinal cord. The vagus nerve extends from the brain stem to the abdomen, directing many bodily processes that don't require thought, like heart rate and digestion. At the same time, the bacteria in the gut directly affect the function of the cells along the vagus nerve. Some of the gut's nerve cells and microbes release neurotransmitters that speak to the brain. If the gut is out of balance, the brain will be out of balance and visa versa. Ask me about testing that can be done to determine if your gut bacteria is out of balance. In the meantime, cleaning up the diet, eating plenty of fiber from whole foods and fermented foods containing probiotics and vitamins can help. Below you can see the route of the vagus nerve which runs from your brain to your gut. Your chiropractor can help release the nerve from misalignments and myo-fascial tensions which may be affecting the communication between your brain and gut.
Dr. Kim Maziarz- Carlucci, DC
I have been a chiropractor for since 1996 but an athlete since I played baseball with the boys in the early pee wee leagues. I continued with sports throughout my high school career: softball, basketball, skiing and competitive horseback riding. In chiropractic school I was introduced to functional exercise and structural rehabilitation and continue to do this type of exercise to this day with great success.