Nutrition, GABA and Emotional Health

The Link Between Nutrition & Emotional Health

Medical research into the “brain-gut connection” is creating new effective protocols combining brain therapies with nutritional therapies. 3Calm Health is experienced in combining therapies to optimize your recovery from insomnia, anxiety and depression.

Scientists call the digestive system a “brain in your gut”. This “little brain” or enteric nervous system (ENS) consists of two thin layers of more than 100 million nerve cells lining your gastrointestinal tract from esophagus to rectum. Irritation in the gastrointestinal system may send signals to the central nervous system (CNS) that trigger mood changes.

Research suggests that digestive-system activity may affect cognition (thinking skills and memory). Signals from the digestive system may affect metabolism, raising or reducing risk for health conditions like type 2 diabetes.  A troubled intestine can send signals to the brain, just as a troubled brain can send signals to the gut. Therefore, a person's stomach or intestinal distress can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress, or depression.

A review of 13 studies showed that patients who improved their psychological health also improved their digestive symptoms compared with patients who received only conventional medical treatment.

Lifestyle and Brain Health

3Calm understands that lifestyle has a profound impact on your brain health.  To support a healthy brain you need to exercise, eat and drink nutritious foods, sleep soundly and manage stress. 

The Brain Health Roadmap

1. Care for your emotions - Anxious, depressed, sleep-deprived, or exhausted people tend to score poorly on cognitive function tests. Some studies link a history of depression with increased risk of cognitive decline. The 3Calm System provides key neurotransmitter precursor supplements including  GABA (GAMMA-AMINOBUTYRIC ACID) which help improve your mood.

2. Get better sleep & relaxation - Sleep energizes you, improves your mood and your immune system, and may reduce buildup in the brain of the abnormal protein called beta-amyloid plaque which is associated with Alzheimer’s disease.  CES brain stimulation can improve sleep patterns. 

3. Protect your head - Moderate to severe head injuries, even   without diagnosed concussions, increase the risk of cognitive impairment. 

4. Get better food & nutrition - Good nutrition can help your mind as well as your body. A Mediterranean style diet that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts, unsaturated oils (olive oil) and plant sources of proteins has been shown to improve health and reduce the risk of developing cognitive impairment, dementia and diabetes.