Did you ever notice how much the small intestines- ” The Gut “, looks a lot like the Brain?
Our small intestines function as a second brain. They contain more neurons than any organ but our brain (and as many as the spinal cord)
The physical structure of the small bowel most resembles that of the brain. In addition, like the brain, the small intestines experience the greatest range of emotions. For example, Emotions manifest themselves in the form of gastrointestinal distress.
95 percent of the body’s serotonin is in the gut and serotonin is what helps control depression in our brains. How you feel influences how you eat, and how you eat influences how you feel.
Have you ever had a gut feeling or butterflies in your stomach? Has hunger ever changed your mood? Our bellies and brains are physically and biochemically connected in a number of ways, meaning the state of our intestines can alter the way our brains work and behave, giving a whole new meaning to ‘Food for thought’.
Watch nutritionist, microbiologist and neuroscientist, Ruairi Robertson, who is passionate about the link between our bellies and brains.