Do you remember having to stand up in front of class when you were younger and getting all those butterflies in your stomach? Or getting ready for a sporting event, even when you’ve prepared for months, waiting for the starting whistle and you get that jittery feeling deep in your gut?
Well, theres a network of neurons in our gut that is so extensive some scientists have nicknamed it our second brain.
The second brain, which can operate independently of the brain, contains more neurons than the spinal cord! This large system of neurons enables us to ‘feel’ the inner world of our gut and its contents.
Nearly every chemical that controls the brain is also located in the stomach region including hormones and neurotransmitters such as: more than 90% of the body’s serotonin (the Happiness neurotransmitter) and 50% of the body’s Dopamine (the Reward neurotransmitter).
The gut is probably responsible for more than just the butterflies in our stomach when we experience excitement, fear and stress says Dr. Gershon, Chairman of Columbia University Medical Center.
Just think about what you put in your stomach on any given week. For an average person, they’re ingesting coffee, sweets, genetically modified organisms, alcohol (which is actually a poison), healthy calories, plus a lot of things we don’t see like bacteria.
From our guts perspective, eating is laced with danger. In severe cases, our second brain triggers diarrhea or alerts the brain to initiate vomiting.
So the gut does much more than just handle digestion or cause the occasional nervous feeling. Doctors are starting to realize that this second brain partly determines our mental state and plays key roles in certain diseases throughout the body.
Leading scientists believe that the second brain could have ties to Obesity, Diabetes, Autism, Chronic Depression, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and may also have an effect on Ulcerative Colitis and Krohn’s Disease.
This is the reason to eat and drink cleanly. Take care of your gut and it will take care of you. Watch what you put in your body. Your body was designed to deal with harsh environments, occasionally. Help out your “second brain” and it will help you.
In order to achieve something you’ve never done before, you must be willing to become somebody you’ve never been before