Here’s something you didn’t learn in Bio, and it’s fascinating.
The stomach is our second brain.
It really is and here’s why.
Every human started life as an embryo. You knew that. But what you probably didn’t know is that during an embryo’s life, the brain and intestines begin to form in the same week.
From the same tissue.
The brain goes north in the embryo’s body and the stomach and intestines go south.
Since those organs originated from the same cluster of cells, they retain a memory from each other. They’re like “sister” organs and they speak to one another all our lives through the vagus nerve.
It was once believed that the brain talked down to the stomach, and people with emotional struggles, like anxiety and depression, developed stomach problems.
But science now knows that communication goes both ways. In fact, 400x more messages go up from the gut microbiomes to the brain, than from the brain to the gut. Don’t let the word microbiomes throw you. It’s a fairly new word being used which means a community of microorganisms living in a particular environment.
See for yourself how treating the stomach and intestines can positively affect the brain.