The Gut is our second Brain!

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All disease begins in the gut!

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2500 years ago, Hippocrates said «All disease begins in the gut».  He was way ahead of his time.  Just in recent years the medical establishment are starting to understand how correct he was. 

More and more doctors and scientists are interested in the human Microbiome.  Your Microbiome or Microbiota is, easily 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 like this “There Is a hidden world inside you that determine nearly everything about your health and well-being, your weight, your mood and your energy”.  He also is talking about your gut and your gut bacteria.

Our microbiome is host to trillions of bacteria.  There are actually 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, being dis-ease free!

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

To make it simple, we can say:  We have good, and we have harmful bacteria in our gut.  If the bad bacteria outnumber the good one – you will have dis-ease.  Which disease this will be, depending on which flora of bacteria there is in your gut.  Examples of such conditions are autoimmune diseases, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and many more.

Our gut-brain connection. 

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

An example of this sort of 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 is made up of the brain and spinal cord. This network of nerves, neurons (nerve cells) and neurotransmitters (chemicals that help pass along nerve cell signals) extends from the brain to all the body’s major organs.

There is also a lesser-known part of our body’s nervous system located 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 found in the central nervous system. In our gut, the “second brain” in communication with the brain in our head plays a key role in our bodies’ specific diseases and our overall mental health.  Also, 70-80 % of our immune systems are located in our gut.  So, we all better take care of our Microbiome to live a healthy and disease-free life. 

(Source:  The Cleveland Clinic) 

5 comments on “The Gut is our second Brain!

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  3. Klivr4

    Many people don’t know this, but it is so true. that the gut sends signals to the brain.
    so the gut can affect your mood.


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