By Sushma Hirani, MD | 10/07/2020

The Gut-Brain Connection

The Gut-Brain Connection
Is the Digestive System Our Second Brain?


The role of the gastrointestinal system on brain health is not a new concept. In fact studies as far back as the turn of the 20th century explored this connection but were unfortunately put aside. Nevertheless, over the past two decades, the notion of the gut brain connection has found resurgence.

Unique discoveries reveal that the health of the human microbiome or digestive flora can impact mood, behavior and brain function. If you have noticed that when your digestion is off you feel more anxious or sad or that when your mood is low, your bowels get thrown out of whack, you are not wrong. Sometimes referred to as the Second Brain, your gut has a mind of its own. Researchers have discovered a hidden environment found in the digestive system that is directly connected to the brain. Researchers call this hidden environment the enteric nervous system. This system is comprised of between 200 and 600 million neurons, which is more than what is found in the spinal cord. These neurons are housed between two layers of lining that runs the entire length to the digestive system, from the esophagus to the rectum. Inside this lining, research has also found an ecosystem of bacteria.

Superfoods help nourish the body, support detoxification, decrease inflammation, and improve your digestive health. There are 7 superfoods that are filled with antioxidants to help neutralize free radicals throughout your body, including digestion, skin, and brain health. Furthermore, your energy levels will drastically improve as you begin incorporating superfoods into your diet.

If you are looking for the secret to reaching your optimal health, look no further than your digestive health. Why your digestive system is working properly, you will be able to get the maximum nutrition from your foods. Additionally, most of your immune system is housed inside your digestive system. When the digestive system is not functioning properly, systemic inflammation and disease can occur. Eating a healthy, plant-based diet packed with nutrients can help improve your digestive health.

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