Updated: Mar 13
How often do you hear the wise ones say, ’Go with your gut.’
The problem is, this message from the pit of your stomach is usually not as easily understandable as a signal that comes from the brain, and yet it’s there, very real and persistent and sometimes ominous.
It’s unmistakably there before an important decision has to be made such as taking up a new job or leaving a toxic relationship.
It creeps up like a warning, a premonition, an undecipherable message from the beyond before doing something of importance - like taking an examination, going on stage or giving an important presentation.
This happens when the subconscious brain - the one that stores the feelings from long-forgotten experiences, the one with the deep knowing - sends signals to the nerves in the tummy. And what better way to make a decision or face the world than with your entire being - mind, body and soul.
One study into stock traders found that high sensitivity to sensations within the body could be correlated directly with greater performance in a decision-making environment.
Hidden in the walls of the digestive system, this “brain in your gut,” - made up of more than 100 million nerve cells lining your gastrointestinal tract from the esophagus to rectum - is revolutionizing medicine’s understanding of the links between digestion, mood, health and even the way you think.
The gut-brain link is a bidirectional one between the central nervous system and the enteric nervous system of the body.
Therefore, a person's stomach or intestinal distress can be the product (as formerly believed) or the cause (as now being learnt) of anxiety, stress, and depression.
Also, 90% of serotonin, the happiness hormone, is produced in the gut and only 10% in your brain and that’s THE direct link between how you feel and how healthy your gut is.
These new findings may explain why a higher-than-normal percentage of people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and functional bowel problems develop depression and anxiety.
So keeping your gut healthy is key to making better decisions, feeling less anxious, less stressed and an overall sense of wellbeing.
How to improve your gut health:
• Improve your gut microbiota by making better nutritional choices. For example, cut down on processed food and limit the intake of alcohol
• Try fasting
• Exercise regularly
• Get enough sleep
• Chew your food well
• Eat smaller portions
• Stay hydrated
• Eat plenty of fibre and some fermented foods to keep the digestive passage going and clean
• Avoid emotional eating and binge eating
• Enjoy food with friends and family, instead of TV dinners
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Become sensitive to sensations within the body to become an expert at listening to your gut feelings. Trust those ‘butterflies in your stomach and keep the environment that breeds them healthy and working in optimal capacity and see critical functions such as sleep, appetite, pain sensitivity, mood, and overall well-being improve.
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