Are your gut feelings controlling your mood?
When people speak about having a 'gut feeling', it maybe literally be true
Many of us are painfully aware of the feeling of a “gut-wrenching” experience, or having “butterflies in your stomach”, so it comes as no surprise that our emotions and thoughts affect our digestion. Interestingly though, the gut has a larger role to play in our mental-emotional state than we might have realized.
Research is still emerging about the relationship between the gut and the brain. For decades we looked at the brain as the primary control centre in the body, having a sort of top-down affect over all the body’s functions. In the past ten years, research has begun to explore the relationship between the brain and the gut as a two-way street 1,2. We have started to realize that the gut holds a bigger influence over our brain’s functions than we had ever realised.
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