How connected is your brain to your gut?

Have you ever had a “gut-wrenching” experience? Do certain situations make you “feel nauseous”? Have you ever felt “butterflies” in your stomach? We use these expressions for a reason. The gastrointestinal tract is sensitive to emotion. Anger, anxiety, sadness, elation — all of these feelings (and others) can trigger symptoms in the gut.

The brain has a direct effect on the stomach. For example, the very thought of eating can release the stomach’s juices before food gets there. This connection goes both ways. A troubled intestine can send signals to the brain, just as a troubled brain can send signals to the gut. Therefore, a person’s stomach or intestinal distress can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress, or depression. That’s because the brain and the gastrointestinal (GI) system are intimately connected.

Source: Komaroff, AL 2012, The gut-brain connection, Harvard Health Publications, viewed 4th May 2016, <http://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/the-gut-brain-connection>.

Find out mThe Gut-Brain connection flyerore about this fascinating subject at an upcoming workshop in Geelong:

 The Gut-Brain Connection,
presented on the 26th of May at 7pm by Oscar Sande, an Integrative Clinical Nutritionist whose seminars are informative and well attended.  Tickets are just $20! (plus a small booking fee).
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