Meet Your Second Brain: The Gut
All in your head? Think again. Your brain and your gut are very connected. This article explains the connection between stress in our lives, and why some of us “feel it” in our gastrointestinal system. You’re not crazy, and you’re not imagining your symptoms. This is a very clear illustration of the very intimate mind-body connection.
Most of us can relate to the experience of having butterflies in our stomach, or to a visceral gut-wrenching feeling, and how often are we told not to ignore our “gut-instinct” or “gut-feeling” when making a decision.
Even from our simple slang, it’s clear just how symbolically connected the gut is to our emotions. Now, there’s tangible proof to support these popular metaphors.
We all have a microbiome, and they are as unique as our neural pathways
Research has shown that the body is actually composed of more bacteria than cells. We are more bug than human! Collectively, these trillions of bacteria are called the microbiome. Most of those bacteria reside in our gut, sometimes referred to as the gut microbiota, and they play multiple roles in our overall health.