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The Gut Brain

The Gut Brain

Consider this: you have a second brain, it’s in your gut, and it is every bit as important as the brain in your head. This gut-brain, which is our digestive system, has a network of more than a hundred million neurons, which are in direct communication with the brain in your skull. The neurons form a cover, surrounding the whole digestive tract. The nearly ten-meter-long tube of the digestive tract, running from your mouth to your anus, is covered by the cloak of the neurons. This gut-brain is not about philosophy, falling in love, creativity, or the meaning of life; its main job is the daily labour of digestion. It’s a huge job to break down food particles and extract the nutrients, absorb those nutrients, and get rid of the waste. But all this neural army isn’t dedicated only to digestion and elimination. The vagus nerve, like a snake, heads up through the body from your gut to your brain; it carries a load of vital information. What kind of information flows from the gut to the brain? And do those messages carry data, which will determine your feelings, your moods, and your gut instincts? You bet. I will tell you some important things about this in just a moment. Western medicine is doing its best, using medication and surgery, to limit the carnage caused by your not-that-great food choices, auto-intoxicating habits, and sedentary lifestyle. Unfortunately, it ignores your body’s magnificent, natural ability to heal itself. We get prescriptions of meds to address symptoms, but almost none to address the underlying causes of the imbalances that lead to illness....