Ever get really upset or nervous and get butterflies in you stomach? That’s an example of the Gut Brain connection. This connection works both ways.
A recent study adds more information to the connection between the brain and your stomach.
Your gut is directly connected to your brain, by a newly discovered neuron circuit.
The human gut is lined with more than 100 million nerve cells—it’s practically a brain unto itself. And indeed, the gut actually talks to the brain, releasing hormones into the bloodstream that, over the course of about 10 minutes, tell us how hungry it is, or that we shouldn’t have eaten an entire pizza. But a new study reveals the gut has a much more direct connection to the brain through a neural circuit that allows it to transmit signals in mere seconds. The findings could lead to new treatments for obesity, eating disorders, and even depression and autism—all of which have been linked to a malfunctioning gut.
The brain can effect your stomach and stomach can effect your brain. One can effect the other. Here are some symptoms of an impaired gut-brain axis:
- Difficulty digesting foods
- constipation or irregular bowel movements
- increased bloating and gas
- distention after meals
- intolerance to food types such as proteins, starches and/or fats
- frequent abdominal discomfort after eating
I will be posting more information about this topic in the future. So for now please eat your vegetables and cut all junk food. This will help your stomach and your brain.