15. The Gut Has an Impact on Depression
The gut has a very important connection to the brain and the nervous system. Studies show that any feelings or emotions that one experiences has a direct impact on the gastrointestinal tract. Emotions such as anger, anxiety, happiness, or even depression can trigger off a host of other symptoms in the gut.
The gastrointestinal tract is very sensitive in nature and when a patient has depression, he may either turn to food for comfort in what is known as ‘comfort-eating’ or skip meals in a day. On the other hand, a gut that is otherwise not healthy is likely to develop mood disorders. Depression in the mind can also cause inflammation which kills good gut bacteria.