Gut – Immune – Brain Link 101

Did you know you have more brain cells in your gut than in your brain?

Did you know you have more immune cells in your brain than you have brain cells?

Did you know 80% of your immune system is in the lining of your gut wall?

Did you know that 90% of your serotonin (one of your happy, calm, rest and digest brain messenger chemicals) is found in your gut, and that the beneficial microbes in your gut are involved in it’s manufacture?

Because of all of these factors and many more the link between the gut, the immune system and the brain is VERY intimately intertwined.  If one system is affected, chances are that so are the others.

Read more about the Gut – Immune – Brain link in our library of articles.

Helen Padarin

Naturopath, nutritionist and medical herbalist Helen Padarin has been in clinical practice since 2001. She works from 2 clinics in Sydney, Australia, and was recently asked to take part in Chef Pete Evans upcoming production called The Paleo Chef, filming recipes for the new TV show.

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2 Responses to Gut – Immune – Brain Link 101

  1. bect 15 February, 2015 at 8:43 pm #

    Where to start with food affecting my sons speech development. ?
    He has been diagnosed with a phonological disorder!

    • nourished 26 July, 2015 at 7:10 pm #

      The first place to start is with healing his gut. I would recommend reading the book “Gut and Psychology Syndrome” by Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride and also consulting with a practitioner well versed in gut-immune-brain disorders. You will find a practitioner listing on http://www.mindd.org