The Gut is our second Brain!

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All disease begins in the gut!

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Hippocrates said, «All disease begins in the gut». He was way ahead of his time. In recent years the medical establishment is starting to understand how correct he was. 

More and more doctors and scientists are interested in the human Microbiome. Your Microbiome or Microbiota is, quickly explained, the sum of your gut bacteria, viruses, and fungi in your body.

A well-known heart surgeon, Dr Stephen Gundry, says, “All disease can be eliminated with a well-function gut flora”.

Another famous doctor, Dr Mark Hyman, says it s “There Is a hidden world inside you that determine nearly everything about your health and well-being, weight, mood energy”. He also talks about your gut and your gut bacteria.

Our Microbiome is host to trillions of bacteria. There are ten times more bacteria in your gut than you have human cells! And you, me, and every person is host to these trillions of bacteria. If you are “kind” to them, meaning that you feed them what they want, they are good to you because they want their host to stay alive.   If you get very sick and die, they will not be fed, and they will also die. But if you feed the “good bacteria” what they want and need, they provide you with a well-functioning gut, vitamins and minerals, good metabolism and, to a high degree, dis-ease free!

The author of several bestseller books, J J Virgin, says, “Optimal gut health becomes the foundation for fat loss, abundant energy and vibrant health.

To simplify it, we can say:  We have excellent and harmful bacteria in our gut. If the bad bacteria outnumber the good ones – you will have dis-ease. Which disease will be, depending on which bacteria flora is in your gut? Such conditions include autoimmune diseases, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, etc.

Our gut-brain connection. 

Researchers have found a lesser-known nervous system in our guts. Our “second brain” communicates with the brain in our head. Together, “our two brains” play a crucial role in specific diseases in our bodies and overall health.

This communication can be seen when people must cope with anxiety and stress. Anxiety and stress are psychological concerns. We know that gastrointestinal (GI) problems can create anxiety and stress. We also know that anxiety and stress can make GI problems worse. It’s been shown that psychological treatment techniques can help ease GI distress or help a person cope with their GI symptoms.

Researchers are learning more and more about the connection between different parts of our body’s nervous system. People are most familiar with the body’s central nervous system, which comprises the brain and spinal cord. This network of nerves, neurons (nerve cells) and neurotransmitters (chemicals that help pass along nerve cell signals) extend from the brain to all the body’s major organs.

A lesser-known part of our body’s nervous system is in our gut. It’s called the enteric nervous system. The enteric nervous system’s network of nerves, neurons and neurotransmitters extends along the entire digestive tract – from the oesophagus, stomach and intestines and down to the anus.

The enteric nervous system relies on the same type of neurons and neurotransmitters in the central nervous system. In our gut, the “second brain” in communication with the brain in our head plays a crucial role in our body’s diseases and overall mental health. Also, 70-80 % of our immune systems are in our gut. So, we all better take care of our Microbiome to live a healthy and disease-free life. 

(Source:  The Cleveland Clinic) 

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