|PET scan of depressed and not depressed brain|
Gluten and Depression
Do we feel unhappy because of our lack of familiar foods as we get diagnosed, or is there a more complex answer for the depression that frequently accompanies gluten sensitivity?
The gut and brain communicate via the nervous system, hormones in the bloodstream, and the immune system. Some of the bacteria in our digestive tract (microbiome) can release neurotransmitters, just like our own neurons do, speaking to the brain in its own language via the vagus nerve.