Digestive Health: Meet your second brain – the gut

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What we eat can have an enormous effect on our gut, impacting our immune system, stress response and resiliency. What is going on in your gut could be affecting your brain. Bacteria may influence our behaviour via the 100 trillion organisms of our microbiome; this is why our gut is known as the second brain.

Our emotions send messages to the gut, and food sends messages to the brain. Most of us can relate to having butterflies in our stomach or a ‘gut-wrenching’ feeling, and it is clear just how symbolically connected the gut is to our emotions. The “right” gut bacteria also interact on a hormonal level, helping to turn off the cortisol and adrenaline response that can cause long-term harm to the body.

The latest science shows a bidirectional feedback loop, commonly referred to as the “gut-brain axis” (or microbiome–gut–brain axis) that facilitates two-way communication between the gastrointestinal tract and the brain. This loop influences your mood, stress levels, and other fundamental features that constitute you. What so many of us do not know is that you have the power to influence this process.

All in all, it’s time for a gut check. As 80% of our immune cells are found in the gut, healing from within starts here and ensuring a healthy gut function is very important. Damage to the gut lining can result in inflammation, digestive discomfort, gas and bloating, and over time may create issues such as malabsorption, nutrient deficiencies, autoimmune conditions, low mood, anxiety and even depression.

Gut health really is the cornerstone of good mental and physical health. Join us for a game-changing session that will teach you how you can take control so you feel at your physical and mental peak.

Key learnings:

  1. Understand the importance of the link between the brain and gut
  2. Find out about the best foods for optimum gut health
  3. Understand the latest neuroscience behind the “gut-brain axis”