Understanding the Gut Brain Interaction

Understanding the Gut Brain Interaction

Understanding the Gut Brain Interaction 1920 1080 Gary Ruelas, D.O., Ph.D.

In this day and age, we are focused on the brain and its ability to change (neuroplasticity), accommodate and thrive. We look closely at studies, on how the brain can alleviate depression, mood disorders, compulsions and addiction.

But lets, for a moment, think of the brain as an organ, and organ that manages frequencies evolving from the external and internal world. Its mechanisms, as we understand them are bio-chemical and electrical. Its function is the gathering and management of the frequencies that evolve externally in the form of light, sound, smell, taste and touch.

Each one of these wave of experiences is processed through the biochemical/electrical pathway yielding an energy as a frequency that results in an electrical impulse of sorts, traveling throughout the brain, in varying intensities and regions.

So the studies of electrical pathways of organs is not new. As a matter of fact, in basic cell biology, we understand the neuron as the classic example of a biochemical/electrical impulses which at the end of the electrical impulse is the extrusion of neurotransmitter.

We in medicine look at laboratory studies to determine if there is a disease present.

But not to get too far away…of why it may work for some and not others? The answer might be on the other side of this algebraic equation, the chemistry (or better yet the nutrient) side.

The electrical impulse might be a result of the biology of the cell not the determinant. The impulse can only be driven if the chemistry is in place to drive it. We in medicine look at laboratory studies to determine if there is a disease present ie: anemia, thyroid issues, blood sugar. And if all looks fine, we give the passing slip to the patient “you’re okay.”

It is helpful to consider that deficiencies up the chain (neurotransmitters) may be a deficiency down the chain of micronutrients i.e. amino acids, vitamins, fatty acids, minerals.
It is so important to consider that deficiencies are not necessarily a disease. All physicians know the role of minerals, fatty acids and micronutrients play in all our cells and in the brain. But as physicians we study diseases and the need to treat disease or stabilize a disease process. Traditional medicine is a valuable tool which requires much training, focusing on diseases, however it is important not to assume that if you have no disease then everything is in balance. This is a misconception. Deficiencies or imbalances, may be at the cornerstone of low or high levels of frequencies of cellular brain function, and possibly other organs as well.  Another error, often made, that ingestion equates to absorption, quite a false assumption. Absorption is related the state of deficiencies of micronutrients and the ecology of the GUT.

Looking at levels of micronutrient, mineral, fatty acids may help our overall state of well being, may serve to optimize the function of all of our organs and help the brain manage better the stressor of life.


Gary Ruelas, D.O., Ph.D.

Dr. Ruelas holds doctoral degrees and is licensed to practice in both medicine and psychology. He approaches his patients by gathering and analyzing data differently from other physician’s moving away from a disease model to a holistic functional model. Read Bio

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