A Second Brain?
Purium Blog | January, 2018
Have you ever had “butterflies” in your stomach? The feeling when you’re so nervous about something (maybe a big day at work or a super hot date) that you actually feel it in your stomach? Or has the feeling of anger or sadness made you completely lose your appetite?
Part of the reasoning for this is because there’s a connection between your brain and your gut. That’s why we call our gut our “second brain.” In their book, “The Good Gut,” Justin and Erica Sonnenburg explain that our brain connects to our gut through a part of the nervous system–the enteric nervous system (ENS).
Irritation in ENS can send signals to your brain that trigger mood changes. The communication between your gut and your brain can effect digestion and other stomach-related functions. The microbiota in our guts adjust to changes we make in our diet or feel with our stress levels. Gut microbiota has even been connected to the release of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which regulates happy feelings.
With all this communication going on, there’s a sort of chicken or the egg question. What’s telling you that you want a snack–your brain or your stomach?
Viewing your gut as your second brain changes the perspective of eating a little bit. We should nourish it with healthy foods that promote regular function. Eating the wrong things now seem to have more consequences attached – other then just gaining weight.
Processed ingredients like genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) damage our gut. That’s why we designed Biome Medic to get rid of these toxins and leave your second brain healthy.