You may be surprised to learn this, but your gut is your second brain.
Ever had a gut feeling, get butterflies in your stomach when you’re nervous, or experience a digestive issues when you’ve been upset, angry, or stressed? We all have – it’s human nature, but did you ever stop and wonder why?
Scientists and doctors have found that our gut acts in such a way that it can be called our second brain! Yep, who would’ve thought? And all this time I’ve been walking around thinking I just had one brain tucked happily away in my head. Man, was I wrong!
Just like our brain, the digestive tract is lined with millions of neurons and neurotransmitters which are responsible for sending messages through the body. Having as many of these neuro-buddies in the gut as in the brain means the stomach and intestines do much more for mood and health than digest food. In fact, 95% of all serotonin is made by nerve cells in the gut. Serotonin is an amazing little hormone that not only helps to regulate intestinal movements but is also considered the happy hormone, keeping our moods and feel good chemicals in check.