Brisbane Mind & Body Clinic

Food-Mood Connection

Does food influence our mood?

The mind-body connection is real

Repeated or prolonged activation of the stress circuits in the brain harms our metabolic, cardiovascular, and brain health. Unfortunately, medicine has largely ignored the critical role of two of the most complex and crucial systems in our bodies when it comes to maintaining our overall health: the gut (digestive system) and the brain (nervous system). Suboptimal dietary intake, lifestyle habits, poor sleep, or inadequate digestion influence brain and gut health.

Food-Mood Connection

Gut microbiota is made up of trillions of bacteria, fungi, and microbes.

This has been linked to depression, which is one of the leading burdens of all diseases in Australia. The most common treatments used for depression boost the activity of the serotonin signalling system, which psychiatry had long thought to be exclusively located in the brain. However, we now know that 95% of the body’s serotonin is actually contained in specialised cells in the gut, and these serotonin-containing cells are influenced by what we eat, by chemicals released from certain species of gut microbes, and by signals that the brain sends to them, informing them about our emotional state. Remarkably, these cells are tightly connected to sensory nerves that signal directly back into the brain’s emotion regulating centres, making them an important hub within the gut-brain axis.

The wellbeing of our gut microbes depends on the food we eat. The exchange of information between our brain, our gut, and its microbiota isn’t just coordinating basic digestive functions – it also impacts our human experience such as stress, fatigue, anxiety, depression, how we make decisions, how we socialise, and how much we eat. To enjoy a happier mindset, enhanced immunity, energy and hormone balance, and potential weight loss, Brisbane Mind & Body Clinic consider the more rational and science-based decisions about what to eat to stay well. Allow us to get your gut-brain interactions functioning at peak effectiveness, with the goal of optimum health.

Who We Are

Our team have years of experience, using a holistic approach to your health and wellbeing.  

Our Brisbane nutrition team, located in Bowen Hills, are dedicated to your progress and success! We work together to come up with the best solutions for you and your lifestyle.

Michael Miller

Clinical Nutritionist / Dietetic Medicine

Esther Parker

Nutritionist & Natropath (Masters)

Michael Miller

Clinical Nutritionist / Dietetic Medicine

Esther Parker

Nutritionist & Natropath (Masters)

Begin your healthy relationship with food, today.

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We offer a complimentary discovery call to further discuss your requirements and explore the best solution for your individual needs.

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