Updated: Apr 16, 2020
We know that when your gut is healthy communication between your gut and brain works well. When the gut-brain connection is working well, essential nutrients and sufficient neurotransmitters (e.g. serotonin) are produced to create energy, calm and a sense of peace.
How does having reduced gut health affect recovery into wellness?
A study published in PNAS followed 60 similar alcoholics through a roughly 3-week program and found that gut health made a big difference. Of the group, 26 had leaky gut syndrome where the gut is damaged and toxins and unprocessed food leaks into the bloodstream.
After the program, the leaky gut group scored much higher on anxiety, depression and cravings.
The remaining 34 with normal gut flora had much less anxiety, depression and cravings after treatment and their results were on a par with a non-alcoholic control group used for comparison.