There is mounting evidence that our gut is like a second brain. Now, this brain cannot think or express an opinion, but it can influence your mood and well being. Here are some interesting facts about your gut:
- Serotonin (the hormone most often associated with happiness) is actually produced in your gastrointestinal tract.
- There are close to 100 million neurons lining our digestive tract, creating an ecosystem that sends signals to our brain about our mood.
- 90% of the cells responsible for our psychological stress response are found in our gut; explaining the feeling of nausea when anxious.
- The second brain may be able to mediate the body’s immune response.
- There is a higher percentage of people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and functional bowel issues who also present with depression and anxiety.
Although research is continuing to uncover the deeper connection between our brain and our gastrointestinal system, this part is clear: a healthier gut leads to a healthier mind. Now that is something to get cleaned up about 🙂
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