Have you ever had a gut feeling or butterflies in your stomach?
Does 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’.”
The brain may be highly affected by the gut
The idea that gut bacteria might have a significant impact on brain functioning is gaining steam in the scientific community.
“It opens up a completely new way of looking at brain function and health and disease,”
“Previous research had investigated a link between disorders like autism, depression and anxiety to variations in the microbes within the intestines –– neuroscientists began to develop a deeper understanding of just how the microbiome, as it is called, exerts an influence on the brain’s development and activity. While the link is still being investigated, the immune system and the vagus nerve, which connects the brain to the digestive tract, both likely play a role.”
90% of Serotonin produced in intestines 10% in brain!
Food for thought: How your belly controls your brain, Ruairi Robertson, TEDxFulbright, SantaMonica