A “gut feeling” feeling about something may be more accurate than you think!
Our gastrointestinal tract (GI) has an extensive nervous system called the enteric nervous system (ENS), which is sometimes referred to as our second brain. The interaction between the brain and the gut happens via the ENS, and research has shown that our brain and gut take cues from each other and can affect the way eat, think and feel.
The latest research suggests that our gut bacteria play an integral role in this signaling process. For example, gut bacteria have been found to produce hormones like serotonin and dopamine, which are related mood. Many drugs that treat depression act as serotonin uptake inhibitors. Meaning that help keep serotonin around in your brain, which elevates your mood. In addition, too many “bad” gut bacteria can produce excess short chain fatty acids that trigger the production of Grehlin - a hunger hormone that can lead to overeating and obesity.
An unhealthy microbiome dominated by “bad bacteria” can disrupt gut-brain communication, as well as, lead to acute conditions like abdominal pain, nausea or chronic conditions like IBS and IBD.
All the answers about the exact nature of the Brain – Gut- Microbiome connection will take more research. But, it is clear that connection exists and a healthy gut – supplemented with probiotics, like SuperBio, can play an important role in our physical and mental health.