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Does Your Stomach Have a Mind of its Own?

Your Stomach's Brain

 

Your mind tells you when to eat, what to eat and how much. Or does it?

 

That’s what we used to think. Recently, scientists have discovered we have two brains! It’s stranger than fiction and more bizarre than we could ever imagine. Our amazing stomachs are actually communicating with our brain. It’s called the gut brain, and its health affects every aspect of your well-being.

X-Ray image of brain in the stomach area.

Your stomach brain doesn’t calculate figures or plan your next outing, but it can influence your mood, what illnesses you get and a lot more.

 

Your second brain is home to a microscopic world where trillions of cells comprise 80% of your immune system. The delicate balance of good and evil is played out in every moment as you eat, drink and live in your body. Battles lines are being drawn that will determine your wellness or illness. What happens, depends on you.

 

Want to Improve Your Overall Health?

Feed your second brain. Not with mental calisthenics, gut food. Your friendly bacteria need food. Healthy food.

 

First Thing You Must Do

First thing you’ve got to do is cut out the junk food. Processed food is loaded with sugars. Bad bacteria love sugar and thrive on it. Worst of all, it’s ruining the health of your second brain. 

Magnified image of bacteria in the stomach.

Your friendly gut bacteria need a diet rich in fiber. Dietary fiber found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes. Remember the stuff nature made for us?

 

Processed foods are dead foods that feed your bad bacteria- making your 2nd brain sick and unable to communicate with your main brain- and contribute to obesity, diabetes, and put you at risk for an array of chronic diseases.

 

How do you know if your second brain is impaired? You’ll feel it in your gut and your head. Stomach issues, foggy brain, cravings for junk food, the list goes on…

Second thing you must do if you want a healthy second brain:

Eat a whole food diet   

Nourish your gut flora with healthy foods. 

Supplement with quality probiotics 

“Pro-biotics” are new friends for the ones already in there.

Eat fermented foods  

 

 

 

What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. 

-Emerson

 

 

 

Sources

The Brain-Gut Connection – John Hopkins Medicine

Your Gut Bacteria Want You to Eat a Cupcake – The Atlantic

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