How do you cope with the overwhelming feelings you cannot explain? Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects your logical thinking and inhibits your ability to be rational. And at times, you can feel overwhelmed by the Gut Brain connection.
I used to have days when there would be too much to do. Too many views to read, too many people to please, and too many thoughts are going through my mind. And too many unanswered questions are blocking my path to finding peace.
How is it that throughout my life, I was always a student, always trying to get better, never quite getting there or getting beyond the point of stagnation?
And how is it that I still have these youthful years of wonder and excitement in front of me but have these volatile teenage years sneaking up on me?
How does one process the emotional turmoil that results from both?
Life as a growth modeller and human development researcher, as well as the President & CEO of Nodes Bay, Inc., I now understand.
If you find yourself in the same boat as me, then you may learn how to glean some valuable lessons from the most challenging stages of my own life. My hope is that you’ll gain a new perspective and compassion for less fortunate people around you.
By the end of this article, you’ll recognize that the proverbial overwhelmed by gut brain connection started to make sense.
Before this disease hit me, I had not experienced emotional overwhelm since childhood and my parents were perfectly fine and had only recently developed MS.
Before Multiple Sclerosis came knocking on our door, I had no idea what an autoimmune disease even was.
Overwhelmed by Gut Brain Connection
You see, I put a little too much distance between logical self and emotional self. There were numerous schools, teachers, managers, coworkers, and bosses that I had to get used to working with. I had to engage in a lot of intense problem-solving, and become really aware of what was going on with me.
Why was I feeling overwhelmed by Gut Brain Connection?
Yes, I felt helpless, but, despite that, I loved working in organizations. I had a purpose, and clear steps to applying my knowledge to make the company successful, and I loved turning ideas into actual products and learning about new ways of doing business.
I was a team player. Unfortunately, the first red flags with MS first appeared toward the end of my career.
I was in the process of learning to lead better and produce better. But other than showing up to work every day, I was not making any strides in the ultimate goal. For me, it was “beginner” and “adult” at the same time.
In college, I had a growth modeller friend who had a friend who was an expert in what would become my career.
If you’re like me, then you have probably felt like breaking down after weeks of sitting on your bed unable to think beyond the most basic of thoughts. If the thoughts are not innate so that you cannot logically explain them, then you are not alone in feeling that way.
Dealing with Anxiety and Panic Attacks (MP3)
Dr Daniel Amen and Dr Larry Momaya examine the root causes of why so many struggle with anxiety, fear and panic attacks. Listeners will hear how simple and learnable skills can be used to help control and defeat anxiety.
If anxiety has a grip on your life or the life of someone you care about, this discussion can open the door to discovering a path of hope and relief.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease deeply affecting your mental state. Your mind is a rollercoaster of emotions, and not being able to explain what is happening leaves you stuck and unable to cope. MS is a life-shortening condition that is typically diagnosed about 5–10 years after the person suspects something is wrong. It is all on your mind.
How to cope with Gut Brain Connection
Trying to cope with the emotions of being unable to cope is not easy, even with support from family, friends, and doctors. It’s important to manage your emotions and work carefully to tackle the issues raised by MS. Here are some cognitive techniques and exercises you can try:
- Ask: “What do I need to do?”
- Answers: “I’m not sure, but I’ll keep doing my best.”
Holding a grudge is one of the worst feelings that you can feel, and this is true for all types of negativity, including hate speech.
It is important to try to forget about negative events. One practice you can try is asking yourself, “Can I just keep that negative incident out of my mind?” A similar question that you can ask yourself is, “Can I meditate, and forget about it?”
- Talk to someone: “What can I do to help?”
- Answers: “Get help. I need to change my diet.”
Imagine if your parents knew that you were handling a difficult job with passion and tenacity. It would be leading you to succeed and to feel proud. Imagine how grateful you would be for the opportunities that they gave to you.
If you’re someone that gets to have a great life despite having a terrible disease, then try to be like that person for a brief time and practice gently reminding yourself that you are doing well. Remind yourself of those positive moments so that they do not slip away easily.
Take Control of your Health
- Relax: “I’m okay,” or “It’s okay to relax.”
- Get up and start walking around.
- Start sitting comfortably without being tense.
- Take a break from the news and social media.
- Allow yourself to cry.
- Stop worrying that things will never get better even when everything seems to be working out in your eyes.
- Direct the thoughts that you are having onto more constructive avenues.
There are many scientific studies that link the GI (Gastrointestinal) system to brain function and that is not something we can ignore when considering the mental health implications of multiple sclerosis.
Home remedies for IBS are not enough for me. I’m also really impatient and this adds stress to an already difficult life. So I started looking for other solutions. And accidental discoveries led to one of the most fundamental discoveries in modern medicine, the treatment of IBS with medications.
You might think that the causes of IBS are so complex that only professional psychiatry can provide adequate prevention and treatment, and trust me, experts in the field won’t be the only ones telling you that! But history tells us that the palpitations and spasms characteristic of major depressive episodes are the ancestors of IBS. It’s not hard to understand that a disease like this blights the human brain that was born of a predisposition like this one. So how do you decide if you should treat it with drugs?
If you are feeling overwhelmed by Gut Brain connections it is likely to adversely affect your digestion.
The importance of magnesium supplements
The first time I heard about magnesium, my migraine headache was fading away. But I’d been worrying about my IBS after acupuncture the day before. So when my friend asked if I’d like to go to a spa I was so happy. Taking a deep breath I replied with “yes”. She said her friend had recently recommended Magnesium for her too. And I was happy to hear that it sounded like it could be a wonderful, natural remedy.
Not long after that, I started my first journey of self-testing. I started with a pee test. I’d been reading about things and benefits related to Magnesium which involved a degrading product of magnesium and its absorption in the intestines and a test to identify substances that demand to be eliminated.
Since a magnesium deficiency was one of the most common reasons for IBS, I thought it’d be a perfect thing to assist with this disorder too. Soon enough I found myself taking magnesium supplements. 30mg capsules twice a day.
Keep in mind that all the scientific evidence regarding Magnesium also supports the idea of a high absorption rate, 50 or even 60 per cent arrive in the stomach, the rest in the intestines, where it doesn’t have long to work. So absorption can be rapid, even with capsules.
Natural Ways to Heal the Brain (MP3)
From Dr Amen’s PBS program, Magnificent Mind At Any Age, Natural Ways to Heal the Brain is an MP3 audio where Dr. Daniel Amen details natural ways to heal the brain.
He discusses the strong scientific evidence that underlies natural treatments, the pros and cons of using natural treatments and then gives detailed information on how best to help ADD, anxiety, depression, insomnia, pain and memory problems.
Considering this fact, I only really wonder if it’s that necessary a supplement to keep up with the pills I take 1–2 times a day. And will it increase my feeling of being overwhelmed by Gut Brain connection.
Aside from the discomfort of taking so many pills, daily Magnesium supplements can sometimes come with side effects like liver issues. Overall, a minority of people feel that it’s either in no way necessary or makes no difference in their health.
Gut Brain Connection
What is the scientific evidence for being overwhelmed by gut brain health connection?
Is there irrefutable proof of a connection between nutrient absorption in the digestive system and emotional well-being?
The brain has many critical functions, such as pain perception, reward/habit formation, emotion regulation, emotion regulation, and social cognition, among others, determining our level of happiness and performance. It also interacts with the gastrointestinal system to produce and maintain healthy gut microbes.
Here, we will explore the scientific evidence supporting the brain-gut axis connection.
The brain is highly innervated and receives input from the entire body and the gut via nerves that cross through the body, called the nervous system. The gut-brain axis connects the two systems ‘virtually’, and it integrates both olfactory and gustatory information, as well as information on a host of other functions for both systems.
The gut-brain axis, which is influenced by age, gender, gut microbiota composition, and nutrients (i.e. gut microbial metabolites produced by gut bacteria), connects food ingested and processing into brain signals that influence behaviour, mood, and sleep.
The Eating Inactivity Questionnaire (EIQ) is a commonly used instrument to assess the impact of dietary habits on sleep. It consists of 15 items assessing symptoms of ‘inactivity’ such as ‘feeling hungry,’ ‘fatigue,’ and ‘sleepiness’.
All of the EIQ items are inter-related, indicating inter-related pathways by which diet can impact sleep and/or rest, and vice versa.
Some of the EIQ items are objective scales, such as ‘amount of food consumed’ or ‘total fat’, while others are self-report scales, such as ‘weight control’ or ‘sitting straight’.
The gut is a two-layer organ, the epithelial layer, which covers the entire length of the small intestine, and the mesenteric layer, where we encounter the visceral layer. Gluten, casein, lactose and sugar all affect the gut microbes; again this has a profound influence on the health and function of the gut-brain axis.
A study tested caloric restriction on mice and found that intestinal microbiota changed in a more drastic way in mice fed a gluten-free diet. Than mice on a normal diet. The intestinal microbiota of mice on a gluten-free diet had altered amino acid profiles. And increased inflammatory enzyme activities, which detrimentally affected the balance between brain neurotransmitters, serotonin and dopamine, and antioxidant defences.
Neuropeptides produced by the brain during sleep activate the vagus nerve system. The vagus nerve is closely connected to the gut via a bundle of nerve fibers. This nerve bundle contains a gastrointestinal microbiome from the gut, including bacteria of the genus Gammaproteobacteria. Gut microbes can also enter the bloodstream via the bloodstream-gut-brain axis and influence mood and behaviour, regulatory processes within the brain-gut axis, and pain perception.
Science-based nutrition recommendations include that we’re all consuming too much sugar, salt, and fat. Childhood obesity is especially rampant in low-income and minority communities. Given the major impact of a tiny number of foods on our well-being, it’s no surprise that families struggle with compliance.
And yes, scientific research has found links between consuming more plant-based components (like living foods) and lower weight and heart disease mortality.
Despite arranging my life accordingly, I was still overwhelmed by gut brain connection.
Healthy Mind Body
Adding a vitamin supplement to lunch might be a short-term fix. But there is a growing body of evidence that a healthy diet has lasting health benefits. Can something as simple as taking a vitamin supplement to be profitable in the long run?
Vitamin D gets a bad rap. Recent scientific evidence points to the importance of vitamin D in preventing and even treating mental disorders, including depression.
Some evidence even suggests vitamin D may prevent you from getting cancers, diabetes, and heart disease.
“Consuming the recommended amounts of vitamin D tri trihydrate (as the daily supplement known as “chiogas”). Can prevent and treat vitamin D deficiency,” says the UC Davis Health System. “The recommended daily allowance (RDA) is 1000 IUs per week.”. Vitamin D is produced by the body as a response to sunlight. And it affects fat absorption, cholesterol levels, mental performance, and gut microbiome function.
Additionally, in animal studies, vitamin D successfully treated patients with irritable bowel syndrome.
Supplementing with vitamin D was even found to reduce pain and improve mood in neurotics. Without experiencing any negative side effects in a single trial.
Beyond the potential to reduce the symptoms of depression. Vitamin D naturally protects against autoimmune diseases, including type 1 diabetes, celiac disease, psoriasis, and depression.
It may even encourage a healthy mind-body connection through the promotion of strong gut bacteria.
Too many of us skip breakfast and/or consume sugary foods regularly throughout the day. Which has been found to actually harm brain function as well as the immune system.
Modern EMR Systems
“For every 100 people, those with a high intake of sugary beverages, and thus what was referred to as overweight and obesity. Have a 41% higher risk of developing stroke or heart disease. Than people who consumed less than 2% of total energy from added sugar”. According to a study by researchers at John Hopkins University School of Medicine.
In the same way, skipping breakfast can have a disproportionate impact on mental health. And this, in turn, can exacerbate the course of conditions like depression.
If you are suffering from feeling “off” this morning or tuning out early in the day, take notice. These are likely signs of an emotionally unstable brain.
How Gut Health Matters from Marcel Couper
“Bullets are not the only thing in life we should stick to. You need some solid, science-backed reasons for doing so. Multi-angle EMR vs. single-angle EMR studies remain one of the toughest challenges in healthcare today. This conversation helped me get to grips with my professional and personal rationale for the messy disentangling of EMR data.”
Whether you’re consulting your regular doctor, pharmaceutical distributor, dietitian or clinical trials sponsor . It’s important to discuss affordable data privacy strategies in accessible and meaningful ways.
This short essay will introduce you to common privacy issues commonly encountered in clinical research. Our scientific discourse often lacks information that lays bare this reality. Despite the numerous parallels in complex clinical research ethics, modern healthcare lacks data privacy best practices.
Therefore your understanding of this topic is paramount to the integrity of your own research.
Although modern EMR systems use both angles and single-angle, most systems contain no evidence to indicate which format is best.
You can meet research governance standards by using bullet-tight quality control (or regulatory) procedures. Go beyond industry standards and join the growing and coherently conducted open research community.
You’ll reap the advantages of EMR data interchange comprehensively by following my tutorial. It will take you from a basic understanding of secured and unsecured databases. Creating a customized, tidy data exchange format and synchronization permission model.
After these steps, you’ll have a breeze-charting and retrieval system. That is robust enough for boardrooms, cult leaders and marketing teams alike.
As an added bonus, real-world examples in real-life situations. Will equip you with practical guidelines that will revolutionize the gig economy.
There’s so much that can go wrong when heroes of industry get to team up with scientists galore.
That’s why the mergers and acquisitions boom in EMR transaction space remains puzzling. It checks all the boxes of the buzzwords above:
- data products
- quasi-randomized clinical trials
- multi-angle multicentre trials etc.
It’s mitigated against by high-quality, strong research controls. Investments in EMR are motivated by eagerness and an expectation for expanding our knowledge.
However, ignoring all the above won’t change the fact that EMR is cutting-edge technology, useful only for scientists, and the holding company’s payload is among the widest in the industry.
Without any solid evidence of a positive impact, there’s no reason for decreasing the costs and maintenance of EMR systems.
Lesson: We all favour best practices for best results. Embracing best practices without proof soon becomes a moral obligation.
NOTE: I’ve written several pieces like this tackling ethical issues.