Drop Out

child-830725_640It is vital to Drop Out of the stress of Modern life and the old assumptions which neurogastroenterology reavel are simple just not true.

One old belief is mood, emotions and all cognition happen in the brain.

Today we know the gut, sometimes called the ‘second brain’, can influence your thinking, your mood, emotions, immune system, and long-term health autonomously; all by itself.

Hyperviligance (staring at a computer all day, standing in line, stop and go traffic, etc…) reak havoc on your enteric nervous system.

We need to make time to Drop Out, meditate and relax to reduce all stress factors that impact the gut negatively.

We need focus on the things that soothe it and give it strength for optimal health, mental clarity as well as rapid weight loss.

We also need to realize that as we nurture our gut we will increase our sensitivity and awareness.

As we do, we need to hook into and ‘listen’ to our gut feelings and see what new links are being established between us and our surroundings

Top Ten Mindblowing Facts About the Gut

1. It’s the only organ system that can perform its functions without the oversight of the brain. Think of your gut as a rebel. Does it wait for the brain to do the important work of digestion? Down with authority! It doesn’t. It acts as its own “brain”.

2. It has over 100 million brain cells. Your gut’s power to think for itself is a huge surprise. It is home to millions of brain cells, or neurons. But what is even more insane is that the bulk of important nureotransmitters like seritonin, melatonin and tryptophan are made there and not in the brain.

3. It has it’s own nervous system. The enteric nervous system—the controlling mechanism of digestion —is the overlord of your gut, and functions on its own. It gives the gut the go ahead when the “got to go” impulse strikes, without requiring the brain’s blessings. Quite handy when you consider the helplessness of an infant with its brand-new brain.

4. It sends emotional signals to the brain suggesting we “feel” with our guts first. There’s one big, bad, voodoo nerve daddy embedded in your gut—the Vagus nerve. Research has revealed that up to 90 percent of the information it carries travels from the gut to the brain, not than the other way around.

The brain interprets these gut signals as emotions. Learn to trust your gut.

5. GI conditions can be seen as a “mental illness” 95 percent of the body’s serotonin, that ‘be happy’ mood molecule which antidepressant drugs like Prozac try to regulate, can be found in the gut. Think about it. With modern diets, medications, and antibiotics no wonder everyone is miserable!

6. A healthy gut may protect your bones. As they studied serotonin’s relationship to the gut, scientists discovered an unexpected link between the gut and the bones. Inhibiting the gut’s release of serotonin counteracted the bone-density reduction of osteoporosis in mice. WTF? Which just goes to show how little we know…

7. New research shows links between Autism and fewer strains of good bacteria. Up to 90 percent of autistic people have gut imbalances such as leaky gut and  irritable bowel syndrome, along with fewer strains of “good” bacteria. Research on mice is looking at possible treatments of some of  the behavioral disorders of autism by balancing gut microbes.

8. Food affects mood. Different foods introduced to the gut via feeding tubes, have been shown to change a person’s moods without the person realising what they were “eating.”

Fat increased feelings of happiness and pleasure (no surprise) as it appeared to aid the release of dopamine—the brain’s opiate. Carbohydrate consumption stimulated the release of serotonin, the “be happy” neurotransmitter.

9. It’s your best friend in cold and flu season. Not only does your gut hold brain cells, it also houses the bulk of your immune cells. The gut is home to 70 percent of your immune system in the form of Gut Associated Lymphoid Tissue, or GALT, which plays a huge part in the defense the foreign invaders of illness.

GALT and your gut microbiome, your immense microbial universe, work hard to help you get over what ails you. That’s all the more reason to be careful with the use of antibiotics, which wipe out the good bacteria along with the bad.

10. It  can become addicted to opiates, just like your brain. Just like the brain, inside your gut are opiate receptors. Research shows that the gut can be just as prone to addiction as the brain and may, in fact, contribute to the enormous difficulty some addicts have trying to kick the habit.

Tune In, Turn On, and without a doubt, Drop Out

From antibiotics in our food to stop and go traffic, to the hyper viligence of staring at a computer all day, all forms of stress can seriously affect us, our digestion and our connection to the world around us.

So need to Tune In to the Bad, Turn On to the Good and then definitely Drop Out the heck out of all the stress Modern Life puts on us so our minds and bodies can rejuvenate and transform with ease.