“You’re in good mental shape only if your gut lets you be.” – Dr. Gershon
It All Starts With Your Gut…
The effects the digestive system can have on our entire body are enormous. This is because it is in constant communication with our brain, so much so that many experts refer to the digestive system as the “second brain” and even suggest that the brain and digestive system should be viewed as one system.
Have you ever felt “butterflies” in your stomach the day of a big test? Or had the feeling of your stomach being “tied in knots” when stressed out? These “gut feelings” we regularly experience are proof of this connection.
The communication between our brain and our stomachs is not a one-way street by any means. Our digestive health influences our mood and well-being just as much as our brain influences it. For instance, when there’s a problem with our digestive system, our gut communicates this to our brain before we even start to feel any symptoms.
Also, people that suffer from stress related issues or depression often experience problems with constipation and diarrhea. This relationship is not by coincidence. It is a product of the Enteric Nervous System.
Our gastrointestinal lining contains a complex network of millions of neurons known as the enteric nervous system. It controls our digestion and is the main source of support for our body’s immune system, protecting our body from nasty bacteria and viruses. Over 80% of our immune system resides in the digestive tract!
“The brain influences the digestive tract and vice versa,” – Dr. Gross, a clinical gastroenterologist at NYU Langone Medical Center
Your gut has a major task of breaking down the foods we eat and providing our bodies with the nutrients and sustenance that it needs, it is important that we take good care of it. Many of us are guilty of taking the health of this system for granted and its understandable.
We lead busy lives and it can be hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle but this is something that we must make a serious attempt to do or it may lead to big problems for our body. But don’t worry HealthyGut is here to help!
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