Why Your Gut Is Your Second Brain

February 15, 2019

Why your gut is referred to as your 2nd brain…

The impact of “gut health” on your overall health has been known for centuries.

And yet, most Doctors never talk about it!

A quick Google search will list for you a plethora of diseases that are known to be caused by poor gastrointestinal health. They include:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Skin Disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Anxiety, Depression and more…!

Let me cut to the chase here.

Your gut health determines the strength of your entire immune system.

Also, the largest collection of neurons inside of the body (apart from the brain) are contained in the gastrointestinal tract…and this is why your gut is referred to as “your second brain”.

Over 100 trillion microorganisms live inside your gut.

It’s the largest congregation of bacteria in your body – some are good and some are bad.

The trick is to ensure that the ‘good’ guys outweigh the ‘bad’.

The FLORA is the ‘good’ bacteria that promotes healthy digestive function, 80% of your body’s immune response and regulates your metabolism.

A healthy gut Flora is achieved by consuming a range of probiotic-rich foods like Kombucha, Sauerkraut and Kimchi and a good mix of fermented foods e.g. organic dairy products like Yogurt, aged Cheeses and Kefir.

Start your day with a shot of apple cider vinegar or fresh squeezed lemon juice before you eat anything as well. These are perfect, natural digestive aids that also cleanse the liver.

By including plenty of these foods in your diet you’ll promote enough good bacteria in the gut to keep the bad guys in check – and you’ll experience robust health as a result.

So how ’bout the things that will throw your gut health out of whack?

  • Antibiotics – known to weaken the immune system when overused. Some recent research even suggests that it can take up to 4 years to restore and rebuild the gut biome following a course of antibiotics;
  • Inflammatory Foods – refined carbohydrates, sugars and processed foods;
  • Hydrogenated Fats – heated seed oils like canola and cottonseed cause chaos in the digestive system;
  • Gluten – predominately an intolerance caused from the over-consumption of refined grain products;
  • Chronic Stress – mental and emotional stress impacts the harmony within the gut.

It’s key to realise that your digestive system not only exists to process food, but it guides your emotions as well (because of its direct link to the brain).

The importance of maintaining a healthy gut cannot be underestimated.

Pay attention to this and you’ll go a long way to achieving the best of health.