Gut + Brain = Besties? Here's Why.

If our digestive systems had a personality profile, they'd be described as social butterflies that make lifelong friends in the unlikeliest of places.

There's no better example of that than the gut's bond with the brain.

At first glance, we wouldn't blame you if you're a little skeptical, but consider this. Have you ever felt butterflies when you're stressed or nervous? As it turns out, those aren't just simple idioms we use to describe how we're doing. They're signs that the gut and brain are in constant communication with one another!

Let's explore why.

How Your Gut & Brain Communicate

For most of us, it's easy to assume that neurons are mostly a brain thing. After all, the brain houses 100 billion of them! But, your digestive system actually has neurons of its own. 500 million, to be exact.

These neurons are packed with vital information that tells us how we're doing. But, just like a phone needs a signal to send and receive data, the neurons in your gut and brain need a "cell tower" to exchange messages with one another. That's where your nervous system comes in, as these important gut-brain conversations travel through the vagus nerve.

They call this connection the gut-brain axis. We call it amazing!

But, for all this talk about your gut and brain's conversations, just what are they actually saying to each other?

The Less You Stress, The Better You Digest

Let's say you're going through a rough patch. You have a lot on your plate, and therefore, a lot on your mind. But, here's the thing. Whenever stress or tension takes hold, your brain tells your gut all about it. 

Let's just say your digestive system doesn't take the bad news very well. That's why our stomachs turn when you're nervous or upset, but it doesn't just stop there.

Studies show that stress can cause your digestive function to slow down and struggle with breaking down foods. Worse yet, stress has also been shown to trigger inflammatory issues, irritable bowel problems, GERD, ulcers, and overall discomfort. Not good!

Your Gut Health Affects Your Mood & Mindset

Here's where things get pretty interesting. 

Your gut loves to be the center of attention. So, when you treat it well, it treats the rest of your body well, and your mind is no exception!

A 2015 study has shown that probiotics are capable of supporting cognitive reactivity, while also reducing negative thoughts and moods. So much so, that another study suggested that probiotics could even be a viable means of evading highly stressed and depressed feelings. 

Who would've thought your gut could be so... supportive? 

Mind = blown. Also, pun = intended.

How to Support Your Gut-Brain Connection

Believe it or not, we're only scratching the surface of what makes the gut-brain axis so fascinating. But by this point, you're probably already wondering what you can do to support and keep your mind and gut in harmony. So, here are a few quick tips to get you started!

First and foremost, taking probiotics if you want to keep your mind and gut in great condition. Just make sure you don't take them the boring way. Instead of resorting to yogurt and daily capsules to get your probiotics, treat yourself to our Organic Probiotic Gummies! They're the wiser (and tastier) way to support that gut-brain bond.

Next, make sure that you're doing your best to relieve your stress. We know that's easier said than done, especially when life can get so busy and chaotic. But, try to set aside time to pause your stressful thoughts and decompress. Five minutes of meditation, phone breaks, and an extra hour of sleep can go a long way. Your gut will thank you for it!

If you have any questions about the gut-brain connection, and how probiotics can help, feel free to leave a comment below. Or, you can reach out to us at (800) 940-1972 or via email at Support@ZenwiseHealth.com.


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