The gut-brain connection has received more and more attention as more research is done, showing just how powerful this connection can be.
From a bidirectional communication system where the gut communicates with the brain, and our brain communicates with our gut, we’re sharing a bit more information about this impressive connection.
3 Things to Know About The Gut-Brain Connection
#1 It’s Also Known as The Enteric Nervous System
This “second brain” is also known as the enteric nervous system or the ENS. Researchers are finding links between this brain and our digestion, mood, and other aspects of our health.
#2 Digestive Irritation May Cause Mood Changes
While doctors often thought that big emotional changes/upset might cause digestive-related issues, studies now suggest that irritation in the digestive system may send signals to the central nervous system that may ultimately cause changes in our overall mood.
This gives us one more good reason to show our gut health some love (more on that below)
#3 Our “Two Brains” Communicate With One Another
The brain in our head and the brain in our gut communicate with one another, which is helping in developing new treatment options for not only gut health conditions, but conditions like anxiety and depression as well.
Supporting Both Gut & Mental Health is Key
All of this tells us a ton about how experts are taking new approaches to address both gut and mental concerns, but it also shows up just how important it is to take care of both our gut and our mental health.
Here are a few ways you can start showing both some love.
- Reduce stress daily! Even if you can only fit in a quick walk or five minutes of meditation.
- Enjoy probiotic-rich foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, and kombucha.
- Support the body’s stress response by considering adaptogens.
- Reduce the consumption of sugar, processed, and artificial foods.