Did you know that you have two brains? You know that your actual brain is in your head encased in your skull. But, you may find it surprising that you have another brain housed in—your gut. Well, kind of.
It’s long been decided that the brain has a direct effect on the stomach, but the fact that the stomach has a direct effect on the brain is relatively new information. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health reports that there’s a bacterial population that lives in your intestine called the gut microbiota. Making it more interesting is the fact that it is unique to each individual and consists of tens of trillions of microorganisms. This “brain” can weigh up to six pounds.
Studies are showing that microbes can play games with the mind. That’s because “the brain and the gastrointestinal system are intimately connected” according to Harvard Health Publishing. These microbes can essentially remote control your brain into feeling certain ways. That being said, you shouldn’t find it hard to believe that anxiety, stress, or depression can originate in the gut. The converse can be true as well. Anxiety, stress, and depression can be fought in the gut.
We know that not all bacteria are created equally. There’s bad bacteria and good bacteria. The bad can wreak havoc on our brain, mood, and mental health. The good bacteria can keep us healthy and happy.
Findings show that probiotics may be able to treat anxiety and depression although more studies need to be conducted. It’s looking hopeful though.
The long and short of it is feed your gut—feed your brain.
If you want to stay happy and healthy, keep your gut healthy and happy.
You can read more about it here, or just let Joe tell you a bit about it!