Thinking with your stomach isn’t a bad thing: I have a gut feeling, you’ll like this article
Have you ever gone with your “Gut Feeling”, dealt with butterflies in your stomach, or had “vibes” from a person or situation? You might want to listen, this is your stomach acting as your second brain, and it has something to tell you, and reasons keep it healthy for good mental health.
The phenomenon is driven by the enteric nervous system(ENS). A series of nerves going from the stomach to esophagus. This is mostly for digestion, but it also has an emotional connection to the brain. When we feel certain emotions, it can manifest as “gut feelings”. Paying attention to that feeling can help understand how something in our environment or a thought we have is affecting us.
On the flip side, an unhealthy gut can cause negative emotions like anxiety and depression. People that have been diagnosed with gut issues like irritable bowel syndrome have been shown to be at higher risk and typically experience more anxiety and depression. Because the two “brains” are connected, studies have found that treating either, mental health or gut health, can directly affect the other.
We are still far from really understanding the full relationship between the stomach and brain. But we do know whether you are taking time for yourself, reaching out for mental support, or focusing on healthier eating and probiotics, you are helping both of your brains.
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