If you find yourself suffering from regular yeast infection, or athlete’s foot, or you have recently taken antibiotics, then there is some connection. Your brain is inextricably tied to the gastrointestinal tract whereas the health of your brain usually depends on the health of your intestines. Mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder among others such as autism and ADHD can occur due to imbalances of gut microbes including fungi and “bad” bacteria.
The most opportunistic microbe that usually takes over you large intestines with conventional meals is Candida. It comes along with other fungi, parasites and harmful bacteria. Once your intestinal system becomes infected, it is unable to process and assimilate most vitamins that your body requires including B vitamins, which play important roles in the health and functioning of the brain. For instance, if the levels of vitamin B6 fall significantly, you are more likely to be diagnosed with depression. Candida also plays an important role of breaking down the intestinal wall and finds its way to the blood system, giving chance to other toxic byproducts from the colon to the bloodstream.
Production of most of the hormones usually takes place in the intestinal tract. Between 90% and 95% of your serotonin, a key neurotransmitter which regulates mood, is produced in your intestines. On reaching a certain point, the Candida population alters your body’s ability to produce neurotransmitters including serotonin. As a result, you may become depressed, anxious or experience other mental health problems.
Candida produces a byproduct known as acetaldehyde which reacts with dopamine neurotransmitter to cause mental problems including depression, anxiety, lack of concentration, and low moods.
As if causing mental illnesses is not enough, Candida also impairs the ability of the liver to store vitamin B12. Although your body doesn’t require a lot of vitamin B12, it is necessary whenever you suffer from depression, anxiety and other serious mental illnesses in order to help you recover more quickly.
All the byproducts of Candida are harmful to your body. Candida explores through your bloodstream and looks for other areas in your body to make home, attacking everywhere it manages and ensuring that detoxification of the blood becomes a difficult task for your body. In turn, your blood become sluggish with a diminished ability to regenerate, and your body starts to ache, age and allergic among other autoimmune problems. All these make depression worse and severe.
It is very difficult to find a person suffering from depression who is also not experiencing an overabundance of Candida. Also, it is very difficult to find a person in our modern culture who is not suffering from an overabundance of Candida. With that in mind, it would be very difficult to improve your mindset unless you have a healthy mind. And there is no way you can get a healthy mind if your colon is already damaged.
Poor colon health usually causes poor brain health, as well as other body organs. For all major diseases, the first step you should take is to make sure that you eliminate Candida in your large intestines and balance your gut flora. You can do this through detoxification. There are several natural remedies for dealing with depression and help fight Candida.