Meet Your Second Brain: The Gut

Meet Your Second Brain The Gut

However, our gut can also help us manage our mental health issues and improve our physical health and wellbeing. Author and Neurologist Richard E. Cytowic, MD, MFA explain that research indicates individuals with healthy and diverse gut microbes are more likely to be mentally healthier and suffer less from stress, anxiety or depression. He writes “Many of us who grew up in too-clean environments, frequently took antibiotics, and ate junk food have a decidedly unhealthy microbiome. So changing one’s diet could well benefit far more than your waistline.

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Moreover, the enteric nervous system (ENS) can also help us boost our well-being. The gut can operate independently and along with our brain to help us sense environmental threats and manage our response, even without us realizing it.  Michael Gershon at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York explainsA lot of the information that the gut sends to the brain affects well-being and doesn’t even come to consciousness.

The gut: Key to good health

As more research is being conducted to understand our second brain better and it’s complex connection with our primary brain in the skull, it has already led to better treatment options. Jay Pasricha, M.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Neurogastroenterology, says “Our two brains ‘talk’ to each other, so therapies that help one may help the other. In a way, gastroenterologists (doctors who specialize in digestive conditions) are like counselors looking for ways to soothe the second brain.” He adds “Psychological interventions like CBT may also help to improve communications between the big brain and the brain in our gut.

However, the most important facet of the connection between our mind and our gut is the realization that daily lifestyle choices directly contribute to our overall wellness. neuropsychologist Jennifer Wolkin concludes “This whole-body approach to healthcare and wellness continues to show its value in our longevity, well-being, and quality of life: that both physical and mental health go hand-in-hand.

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