Gut-Brain-Air Pollution: How is it all connected?

A lot of emerging evidence is linking problems in the gut to mental illness and air pollution can play a significant role, too.

Trillions of gut bacteria are communicating with the brain - and vice versa - through different pathways.

Your gut bacteria can become unhappy: 

  • if they don't get the food they like and thrive on, especially high fibre veggies
  • if they are exposed to too many artificial particles such as colours and preservatives 
  • if they are exposed to environmental toxins such as pesticides and heavy metals
  • if they get disturbed by other lifestyle factors such as lack of sleep or chronic stress.

The resulting effects can then lead to over-stimulation of the immune system (causing auto-immune diseases) and chronic inflammation.

Your organs don't like inflammation and will subsequently get sick if the issue is not resolved within a timely matter.

Air pollution can affect the gut by killing some of the good bacteria as well as maintaining chronic inflammation, therefore making everything a lot worse for the body. 

People not only in the cities are exposed to air pollution, but also in many rural areas.

Air pollution in rural areas such as the Douglas Shire can come from traditional farming methods of sugar cane as well as from outdated processing plants. The presence of small silica particles in the emissions is particularly concerning.

As always, residents who are already sick or very old, as well as children, are most vulnerable.