Have you ever thought that How important is Brain Health for Entrepreneurs and people into High demanding Job profiles or Businesses?
Optimal Brain Health is related to creativity, decision making, focus, concentration, cognition, memory and calmness during time of stress. I have seen entrepreneurs working long hours and stressed and eat whatever is handy or having more of comfort foods like caffeine, smoking, refined carbs, fast foods without paying attention to the nutrition. Nutrition plays an important role in Optimising Brain Health. Taking few cognitive enhancement supplements for mental performance is like a band aid. The deteriorating brain health is the sign of oxidative stress, bad gut health and imbalanced hormones and neurotransmitters.
The brain communicates bidirectionally with gut via Vagus nerve. This is why, when you are under stress you either eat too much (under acute stress) or appetite is suppressed (under chronic stress) while in opposite way if you have bacterial overgrowth in the digestive tract or have higher amount of unhealthy flora it is detected by brain via the same nerve. One of important Neurotransmitter in brain called Serotonin is produced majorly in Gut by using L-tryptophan, an amino acid.
Roles of Serotonin
Sleep and wake cycle
Mood and Behaviour during day
Autonomic Nervous System
Digestion & Appetite
Happiness, Contentment and Satisfaction
So you can see any imbalances in Gut can affect the production of Serotonin and affect all those traits mentioned above in a negative manner.
Low Serotonin Production can cause:
Disturbed sleep (difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep)
Lack of Motivation
Loss of Libido
Obsessive compulsive Disorder
Reasons for Declining Brain Function:
Intestinal Dysbiosis (infections, imbalanced gut flora)