Second Brain In Your Stomach
Have you ever had that feeling deep in your belly that seems to be steering you to act a certain way? This "feeling" or the pit in your stomach is actually your second brain. How strong it is and how comfortable you are following it is one of the core principles of your mental health and digestion.
In this episode of The Mental Minute, I begin to look into that second brain in your stomach. Although it might be an afterthought for many, this secondary brain tends to control the gut and brain axis and why anxiety comes from an imbalance in your gut. Does this imbalance cause your body to react differently with certain diets like the keto diet and gut bacteria and does that in turn affect your anxiety levels?
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Jared Toay, aka. the "Digestion Dude" or "Mad Scientist" has actively been promoting the importance of gut health and digestion for more than 5 years. A weight loss researcher, bodybuilder, and creator of a wide variety of fermented foods and drinks, he has had a lengthy journey on his way to healthy living. As an accomplished author and speaker, he has found that the best way to be awakened to our full potential inside and outwardly to the world is through strengthening the gut and brain connection. If you are ready to experience why you are such an amazing human, be sure to follow him on all his social media platforms.
Most people don't realize there is a surprising link between depression, anxiety, and gut health. The connection between gut health and depression is real and something that can be altered.
So what are the things that you can do to improve gut health and reduce the likelihood of depression and anxiety? In this podcast episode, I address how eating fermented foods help your mental health and ultimately how to break the cycle of depression.
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Good Digestion Means Less Stress
Can stress cause digestive disorders? There has to be a significant relationship between stress and our digestive system, but what is it?
When our bodies are under constant stress, it seems completely plausible that this can lead to digestive disorders. So on the opposite end of the spectrum, we could probably conclude good digestion means less stress, right? Regardless of where you fall, we all want to know what does stress and anxiety do to the digestive system,
Antidepressants And Immune System
Do you take antidepressants or do you know someone that does? Are you concerned about how those pills may interfere with your gut health? With much focus beginning to be written about the relationship between your gut health and mental health and antidepressants, it might be good to address how one affects the other.
I had two people ask me recently whether they should stop taking antidepressants and focus on a significant amount of pharmaceutical grade probiotics or whether probiotics could ultimately become a substitute for antidepressants. My answer is/was/always will be, 100% no. Probiotics are not medicine or pharmaceutical drugs. They don't need to be prescribed by a physician, and in most instances are not used to get your body to do or not do something it is supposed to do. Probiotics are simply living organisms (bacteria) and part of living foods that go to enhance and nourish your overall well-being and gut health.
Digestion Immune System
I'm gonna be giving you 10 amazing facts you probably didn't know about your digestive system. Number one, that the gut is the only organ in the body that can actually function without regulatory oversight from the brain. Even your heart can't do that. Number two, there are over a hundred million brain cells located in your gut. That's actually more that's than found in the spinal cord and the peripheral nervous system.
What Are The Principles Of Effective Communication?
Are there effective communication tools we can use that are physically health-related in nature? What I mean is that when it comes to our lives, everything is either inflammatory or anti-inflammatory by nature. When it comes to eating and the foods you put in your mouth, by it's very nature, thinks it is beneficial and helpful or is negative. Think about that the next time you eat your next meal.
The same could be said of our lives. It is commonplace to have a signification amount of inflammation surrounding us. In this episode of my podcast, I discuss why internal inflammation can come from our external environment and provide a VERY simple solution to eliminate 99% of negativity in your life. And you don't have to do anything. To listen to or download this podcast, click the link.
These podcasts are an extension of me sharing what I believe is the source to be healthy emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually: a strong gut.