Imagine living in constant discomfort. If you currently are, then you already know it doesn’t take long before this physical discomfort starts to affect your mood.
The ENS–or as we will call it from now on, your second brain–can trigger some major emotional shifts experienced by those coping with things like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, diarrhea, bloating, and upset stomach.
Remember Jay Pasricha from John Hopkins who we referenced above? Here’s what he had to say about this: “For decades, researchers and doctors thought that anxiety and depression contributed to these problems. But our studies and others show that it may also be the other way around."
That means the fact that we are dealing with IBS, constipation, diarrhea, and upset stomach could also be contributing to our anxiety and depression. In a sense, this evidence seems to be flipping the script!
And interestingly enough, 90% of serotonin receptors are located in the gut. Low serotonin levels have been linked to depression. Serotonin is believed to help regulate mood, social behavior, appetite, digestion, sleep, and sexual desire and function.
Your gut health can have a MAJOR impact on your day-to-day and overall health and wellness goals. Your second brain (in charge of the digestive process) can communicate with your big brain!
If something is off with your second brain (in charge of the digestive process, among many other things), this research is showing that it can affect your big brain!
So, what are ways to help your gut health?