Nov 16 2014

Does Your GUT Have a Mind of its Own?

Published by at 10:06 am under probiotic supplements

Scientists Recently Discovered What They Call “The Second Brain
This Discovery Makes Daily Intake of Body Biotics™ Probiotics Consortia™ more important than ever!

At Body Biotics Int’l., we are all about improving gut health. Our Body Biotics™ SBO Probiotics Consortia™ with Prebiotics was developed solely for this purpose. We know that a healthy gut is essential to good digestion and a strong immune system. Recently scientists have been exploring the gut as an even more vital organ than ever before realized. The massive network of neurons lining our gut is so extensive that some scientists have nicknamed it our “Second Brain. …”1 Our guts are a mass of neural tissue packed with neurotransmitters that do more than take care of food digestion or give us butterflies when we are nervous. It works in concert with the brain in our heads to “…partly determine our mental state and play key roles in certain diseases throughout the body…”1

Just like the brain inside our heads, our gut, is comprised of a network of hundreds of millions of neurons. It is approximately nine meters long, and starts at the esophagus and ends at the anus. The ENS (enteric nervous system) is embedded in the wall of the gut. It has been known that the ENS controls digestion, but more recently, it is thought that it also plays a part in our emotional well being and overall health. … “A lot of information that the gut sends to the brain affects well-being and doesn’t even come to consciousness,…” according to Michael D. Gershon, M.D., author of The Second Brain.1 “…For example, scientists were shocked to learn that about 90 percent of the fibers in the primary visceral nerve, the vagus (the connector cable,) carry information from the gut to the brain and not the other way around…”1

The hormones and neurotransmitters typically associated with our primary brain are also produced in the gut. In fact our guts produce more hormones than any other part of our body.3 “…Neurons in the gut are thought to generate as much dopamine as those in the head…” 1 “And its responsible for 95 percent of your mood-stabilizing serotonin…”3 ” According to Emeran Mayer, professor of physiology, psychiatry and bio-behavioral sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, …“The system is way too complicated to have evolved only to make sure things move out of your colon…”1

If our gut isn’t functioning well it can be the underlying reason behind our emotional distress. According to Psychology Today, “… studies are under way to determine which gut flora do what for our mental health and turn those findings into treatments…”3 “…The possibility that distinct patterns of gut flora have an influence on aspects of our emotional processing is intriguing…”3

“It is possible that changes in the American diet over the past century have shifted the composition of the gut flora in ways that render us susceptible to such physical ailments as diabetes, irritable bowel disease and immune disorders and to such mental conditions as depression and anxiety. The incidence of these conditions has skyrocketed as our diet has turned more to highly processed foods devoid of the kinds of bacteria our bodies and brains have unwittingly relied on for eons…”3

This all leads me back to my constant urging to eat organic, get outside and play in the dirt, drink clean water and take Body Biotics™ SBO Prebiotic / Probiotic Consortia™ to replenish your gut’s microbiome with the friendly bacteria it needs to stay healthy. A healthy gut, a healthy body and a healthy mind…they all work together.

Information on “The Second Brain” is new and growing, so stay tune for more updates on this exciting topic in the future.

All the best,

Kelli

 

Resources:

  1. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/gut-second-brain/
  2. http://neurosciencestuff.tumblr.com/post/38271759345/gut-instincts-the-secrets-of-your-second-brain
  3. http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/201110/your-backup-brain

 

 

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