Did you know you have two brains in your body?
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) —
Some of the problems we associate with the brain may actually be the result of faulty signals between our brain and our gut or second brain.
Scientists refer to your gut as your second brain because it determines a big piece of your mental wellness.
What your gut tells your brain and vice versa is connected to your mood, immune system, and food cravings.
Dr. Shawn Talbott says if it’s not sending the right signals to the brain, it may lead to feelings of stress, fatigue and anxiety.
There are several things we can do to balance our gut/brain axis so that we feel better physically and emotionally.
Below, Dr. Talbott shares his three best tips:
1. Bring on the fiber! There are two types of fiber: insoluble and soluble. Insoluble is like nature’s broom. We don’t digest it, and it carries toxins with it as it exits our bodies. Soluble fiber absorbs water and helps to normalize digestion. It can also act as a prebiotic, which means it feeds the good bacteria in our gut. I like soluble guar fiber, because it has been shown in more than 120 clinical studies to support digestive health without the uncomfortable side effects. It also triggers the release of satiation-inducing hormones, so you may not feel as hungry.
2. Add fermented foods to your diet. Kimchi, yogurt, kefir and kombucha all help to maintain a healthy balance of gut bacteria.
3. Feed your gut and brain plant-based amino acids. Amino acids are used by the body for many physiological functions. One amino acid found in matcha or theanine has been shown to promote relaxation without causing drowsiness, reduce nervous tension, and help prevent the negative side-effects of caffeine. It’s a great brain nutrient.
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