The secret relationship between the gut, and the brain.
You have probably at some point used the phrase ‘gut feeling’ to describe an emotion, or a thought you had. But have you ever wondered why the gut is used to describe a neurological process?
Well the answer is clear, the gut and the brain are actually intrinsically linked and one can influence the other.
Bacteria in the gut can be highly changeable, and need to be kept in check by a healthy diet and lifestyle. If your gut bacteria are neglected, they can start to act up, which can physically change the way thoughts are processed in the brain, having a dodgy gut can lead to having scrambled thoughts, affecting your work and home life.
The enteric nervous system (ENS) has been dubbed by scientists as ‘the brain in your gut’, comprising 100 million nerve cells in two factions that run the length of your torso, picking up on delicate goings-on in the gastrointestinal tract.
Jay Pasricha, M.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Centre for Neurogastroenterology explains how the gut effectively communicates with the brain.
He says the ENS:
“communicate back and forth with our big brain – with profound results,”
The intestines and the brain can communicate with each other and effectively tell each other when one is in distress. If your gut is unhappy, it has a way of letting your brain know.
“For decades, researchers and doctors thought that anxiety and depression contributed to these problems. But our studies and others show that it may also be the other way around,”
The study of macrobiotics has revealed how important to overall bodily health a healthy gut is, but these recent findings prove just how influential on the mind it is, too.
The rise of obesity and poor health in huge amounts of the Western world has also gone hand in hand with depression and anxiety rates, but the link between the two has been overlooked until now.
Ways in which you can ensure better gut-brain health are:
1. Eat Probiotics
2. Avoid Gluten and Processed Foods
3. Add Prebiotic Fibre To Your Diet
4. Exercise Regularly
5. Avoid GMOs and Foods High in Pesticides
6. Avoid Antibiotics
7. Meditate and Relax
Via Healthy Antidote