The Digestive System
“If there's one thing to know about the human body; it's this: the human body has a ringmaster. This ringmaster controls your digestion, your immunity, your brain, your weight, your health and even your happiness. This ringmaster is the gut”
I don't remember who wrote that or where I saw it, but I saved it because it is so true and I felt it summed up so well just how important gut health is!
Focusing on our guts is vital!
Researchers are finding that we have “three brains” or control centers of the body: The Brain, The Gut, and The Heart.
The gut has long been known as the second brain for many important reasons, but its connection to the brain and the heart are more and more significant. Why? Because of the connections they have. These three “brains” are connected through nerves, hormones, immune cells, blood, and frequencies throughout the body. That means that if we are not taking care of our gut, for example, it can throw the ENTIRE body into a funk.
Some important facts about how the gut impacts the whole body:
1. 80% of the immune system originates in the gut
2. 90% of our serotonin is produced in the gut.
Researchers are finding a huge connection between our emotional wellbeing and the gut. Where they used to believe that anxiety and depression contributed to tummy issues, they now believe it may be the other way around. Our gut health, in fact, may be contributing to our emotional imbalances.
3. Inflammation in the gut causes inflammation in the brain, making it shrink, affecting the hippocampus (controlling memory and emotions) and the amygdala (controlling our fears).
How do we make sure we are taking the best care of our gut? According to Dr. Olil Wenke, we need to focus on these things:
What is something new you’ve learned about gut health? What is something you are already doing to help keep a healthy digestive system?