Is your stomach your second brain?

Updated: Aug 3, 2020

Did you know your gut can talk to your brain? It's not a conversation you can hear of course, but it's going on all the time. The human gut is lined with 100 million nerve cells that are directly connected to the brain. Messages can be transmitted in seconds. You're hungry. You want pizza. You shouldn't have eaten the pizza. What goes on inside your stomach will affect what goes on inside your brain, so the healthier your stomach, the healthier your brain.

This brain-gut connection is particularly important if you suffer from anxiety. Research shows that people who suffer from gut disorders and imbalances like IBS are more inclined to have some form of anxiety. The solution to anxiety could lie in your stomach and this is why your diet matters. So it's time to take good care of those nerve cells and the 10 trillion bacteria chatting and bustling around inside your stomach.

One way of giving your stomach a boost is by taking a probiotic supplement. Some probiotics have been shown to positively affect the brain, relieving symptoms of anxiety. These include Bifidobacterium breve, Bifidobacterium longum, Bifidobacterium animalis lactis, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus helveticus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus casei. Try a multi-strain live bacteria supplement and drink Kefir or a new formula probiotic sports drink.