Gut Brain Health Connection

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  • Living your passionate life is much easier when you have abundant energy, mental clarity & focus!

  • Signs and Symptoms of imbalance:

  1. Indigestion, Acid Reflux, Gas/Bloating, Constipation, Diarrhea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s/Colitis.

  2. Nervousness, Anxiety, Melancholy, Depression, Lack of Focus/Clarity.

  • The old saying, “Sour Gut-Sour Mind” validated.

Fun Factoids:

  • Enteric nervous system (ENS) is called your 2nd Brain and can operate independently from your brain.

  • Vagus nerve connects your digestion to your brain.

  • Serotonin, happiness molecule, 80-90% made in gut.

  • 2 way street: brain sends ”butterflies” to stomach or gut relays calm or alarm to the brain.

  • GALT- gut’s immune system, 70-80% of body’s total immunity.

  • 2-6 lbs of bacteria in your digestive tract.


  • 100 trillion microbes vs. 15 trillion cells.

 Latest Science:

  • mapping microorganisms, using

  • deficiency of beneficial bacteria and/or overgrowth of harmful organisms. (yeasts, bad bacteria, parasites).

  • beneficial ones to treat conditions, including depression and anxiety!


  • deficiency of beneficial bacteria and/or overgrowth of harmful organisms. (yeasts, bad bacteria, parasites).

How do You know if You have Dysbiosis?

  • Frequent gas or bloating on most days of the week

  • Cramping, urgency, and/or mucus in your poop at least once per week

  • Brain fog, anxiety, or depression

  • Food sensitivities

  • Chronic bad breath

  • Loose stool, diarrhea, constipation, or a combination

  • Diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

  • History of “stomach bugs,” gastroenteritis, and/or food poisoning

  • History of prolonged antibiotics such as for acne or sinusitis

  • Carbohydrate intolerance, particularly after eating fiber and/or beans

  • Fatigue or low energy

    Supplements: the aim is to increase adaptive capacity, support the digestive process and the body healing itself in the safest, most effective manner. 

  • Probiotics, Prebiotics, Digestive Enzymes (plant and pancreatic), herbal formulas (DGL, aloe). 

  • My experience is to seek the help of a professional who can analyze  your diet and lifestyle plus which supplements you are taking.

  • A Custom Nutrition Plan with Bruce Bonner RNCP, MASc will save you tons of money buying and trying the “latest” product and trying the latest dietary fad!