Did you know that you have two brains?
Some experts have dubbed the digestive tract your “second brain” because it’s so sensitive to your emotions.
I recently read the beautiful book about gut health that explains how the health of our gut affects the health of our body.
Even more importantly, we use our gut as a sensing organ. I am sure we have all heard of a gut feeling. This is where we get an overwhelming feeling that something is right or wrong. That gut feeling has led so many great beings to invent amazing and helpful tools for life. The founder of Apple, Steve Jobs is said to have used his gut feeling for all his great creations. This article could list thousands of inventors or creators who attribute their success to their gut feeling.
Now the anecdotal is being verified by science. Here some wonderful resources for you to use.
The key to the complex interaction is the enteric nervous system, which experts sometimes refer to as the “brain in your gut.” “Thousands of nerves line the intestines and signal muscles to contract to propel food along the digestive tract,” explains David Wolf, M.D., a gastroenterologist at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Like the one in your head, your gut’s brain depends on neurotransmitters such as serotonin, the famous feel-good chemical.
“Around 95 percent of the body’s serotonin is produced in the intestinal tract,” says Dr. Chait. While the serotonin in your brain regulates mood, in the gut, it promotes the growth of nerve cells and alerts the immune system to foreign invaders like viruses and bacteria. Serotonin also keeps the two systems in constant communication, so when stress hits, it’s no wonder your stomach starts to churn—or that GI problems make you depressed and anxious.
– See more at: http://www.healthcommunities.com/general-gi-symptoms/mind-digestive-tract-connection.shtml#sthash.11ZsfU0R.dpuf
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