Brain and Gut Link Relating To IBS
It wasn’t until recently that we discovered a possible brain and gut link, causing illnesses like Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Research from this year (2017) has been shared by Science Daily.
The details still aren’t clear, but this is a great direction that will lead to much more information in the near future.
I find this research interesting, as I’ve watched what we know about IBS progress greatly over the last nine years.
Finding information on IBS nine years ago was..THE WORST.
Information was limited.
The more we know about IBS, the closer we are to better treatments and a possible cure.
How Is The Brain Connected To The Gut?
According to the Science Daily research article from earlier this year, they concluded: “The results suggest that signals generated by the brain can influence the composition of microbes residing in the intestine and that the chemicals in the gut can shape the human brain’s structure.”.
I certainly never learned this in school…
It’s mind-blowing to know that our gut can literally change our brain structure!!
But after reading this article, it made total sense to me that the brain and gut are linked.
Growing up, I didn’t know just how much the gut contributes to us.
It’s not just a digestive tract, it also includes the majority of our immune system and this newly discovered brain link.
How Does The Brain and Gut Link Cause IBS?
Science Daily says ” It is possible that the signals the gut and its microbes get from the brain of an individual with a history of childhood trauma may lead to lifelong changes in the gut microbiome.”.
Essentially, our past will dictate our future health, just like links between smoking and Cancer. Like with anything, really.
How did we overlook this?
For me personally, I believe my bad eating habits and unbalanced diet during my childhood have contributed to my current issues.
I don’t recall any crazy trauma going on, besides a small bout of anxiety I had while a family member underwent some rough Cancer treatments.
I never told anyone about my anxiety at that time, I didn’t even know that it was anxiety til I was an adult.
But I was scared out of my mind.
Could that relate to my adulthood IBS symptoms? Maybe I’ll know more in time.
But I do think that my weird diet of mostly dairy had something to do with it!
Beyond IBS and Brain Connection
This brain and gut link we’ve discovered might relate to illnesses beyond IBS.
There very well may be a similar connection with illnesses like IBD.
In the coming years we should hear more about other illnesses that have this same brain and gut connection.
For now, there are still so many questions we need to find the answers to.
Why Is IBS So Common NOW?
Making Sense of IBS: A Physician Answers Your Questions about Irritable Bowel Syndrome (A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book)Why is it that Irritable Bowel Syndrome was practically unheard of in the past?
Prior to the name Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Doctors called it Spastic Colon and other terms.
Now we know that not in every case is the colon spastic. Motility comes in different forms with this illness.
Before that, no one really knew what IBS was at all and people mostly didn’t experience these issues.
If they did, it was associated with something else or it was undiagnosed.
As for why it’s such an issue now? It could be many factors: more stress, changes in our food, the environment, etc.
To the left is a fantastic resource that will go in depth to explain Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
This book comes from John’s Hopkins Medicine, one of the best sources you could ask for (really, they do amazing work).