The Gut is the Second Brain

Ever notice how stress affects both your brain and body? When stressed, you already know that you need to avoid arguments, or that you feel exhausted. Your body also responds by releasing natural steroids and adrenaline, your immune system gets ready to fight off any unhealthy bacteria and sicknesses, and your gut may start feeling “butterflies” or start grumble.

There is a nerve, called the vagus nerve, that channels information between hundreds and millions of nerve cell in our intestinal nervous system and central nervous system. The vagus nerve directs bodily processes that we don’t consciously control such as heart rate and digestion. Scientists have found that population of bacteria in the gut affects how the vagus nerve functions. They have even started calling neurons in the gut “the second brain”.

Scientists have observed so far that 80% to 90% of the amount of serotonin, or the chemical that sends messages along the nerves, is actually manufactured in the gut. These findings have been the basis for research on how a better diet can help defend the brain from depression and even Alzheimer’s.

What are some ways to do this? David Perlmutter, MD, a neurologist and fellow from the American College of Nutrition, advises against taking in a lot of gluten and sugar, as he observed that high amounts of them interfere with neurological function and brain health. Regular exercise and a good night’s rest has also been found to help with a healthy gut. He has also recognized the benefits of adding probiotics to one’s diet. Biobita has probiotics and vitamins that can help improve yours and your child’s digestive health and overall well-being. It helps in making a better gut make for a healthier and happier child, or even a healthier and happier you. Ask your physician about probiotics and Biobita and how it might work for you.

“Brain Maker” by David Perlmutter, MD, with Kristin Loberg. 

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