Does Your Brain Have the Guts?
Did you know the human body has a second brain? It’s in the digestive tract. Yes, it’s true. The digestive system is able to influence the brain in your head. In fact, it has more control over us than we may even know.
Gut bacteria can influence food cravings. In order for the gut bacteria to survive, it has to be fed. However, if you have bacteria in your gut that is not the good kind, it may make you crave food that doesn’t serve you nutritionally but it does serve them. So when you crave junk food, it may be that you have an overgrowth of “bad” bacteria.
Your gut flora has an impact on how you feel emotionally as well as physically. The bacteria colonies in your digestive tract can determine what your mood is as well as how you feel physically. When we have a healthy balance of bacteria in our gut, we are much less likely to experience depression or anxiety.
In a study where mice were raised in a sterile environment and had no gut flora, they displayed traits similar to humans with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). After they were given probiotics, their behavior normalized. There have been some studies in humans where the same phenomenon exists.
Survival of the species
Scientists believe that the gut microbiome is influential in developing social behaviors that ensure our survival as a species through reproduction.
Feel good hormones
More than 50% of your dopamine and 90% of your serotonin are produced by the gut bacteria. These are the ‘feel good’ hormones released when you consume quick energy in the form of fat and sugar, causing you to want more of these substances.
Which are you going to feed?
When you consume junk food or quick sources of energy like refined carbs and foods chock full of fats, you’re feeding the ‘bad’ bacteria which will cause cravings for more of the same.
When you feed your body with nutrient dense and probiotic rich foods , you will allow the ‘good’ bacteria to flourish and cravings will be minimal or non-existent.
Our bodies are amazingly effective at staying alive. Even when we feed them badly, they will stay alive until they can’t.
You can decide which bacteria will rule the day. If you feed the good, the likely result will be vibrant health. If you feed the bad, you will only be able to thrive for as long as your body can hold up, but it won’t be forever. Do your body a favor and give it the fuel it needs to stay healthy, vibrant and alive.
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It’s so helpful to be able to read something that is easy to understand. The information you have provided makes sense. Thank you for keeping it simple which helps me to understand that I may need to make some changes.
I’m happy you found it helpful Lynn. I’m happy to get on a call with you if you would like some support.
I recently read another article about how gut health is so very critical to overall health… and your post reminded and highlighted what I read earlier.. Thanks for this information and also for the resources you provide to help others..
Vidya…our gut health is so much more important than people realize. And more is being discovered all the time.
Gut health is a day by day challenge. I’ve followed the Gundry lectin free approach for several years. Not religiously but with intention. His supplements are the best!
Gut health is so very important to our overall health. Keep up the good work.