Trillions of bacteria inhabit the gut, where they can promote good health or potentially cause problems. Bacteria appear to play a role in Crohn’s and other forms of inflammatory bowel disease.
You are what you eat, so the saying goes. In fact, the trillions of bacteria inhabiting your gut also eat what you eat, and turn meals into molecules that affect your brain — and some researchers believe those bacteria can have a serious impact on mood and mental health.
It’s referred to as the “gut-brain axis.” And it can be a healthy and positive relationship, or a serious health problem in the case of Crohn’s and other forms of inflammatory bowel disease, which affect one out of 150 Canadians.
“The pains were so tremendous. You spend most of the day on the toilet,” said Winnipeg’s John Harvie, describing the havoc Crohn’s disease has wreaked in his life.
Not surprisingly, Harvie said Crohn’s disease has also wreaked havoc on his state of mind.
“At my lowest point, I remember lying in a bathtub filled with water and thinking, ‘OK, well, this is where I’ll open up my wrists.'”
It makes sense that painful and embarrassing gut problems can be emotionally distressing. But for Dr. Charles Bernstein, there’s more to it than that.
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