Could the root of your digestive distress like gas, bloating, heartburn and irritable bowel syndrome be in your nervous system?
How is the gut connected to the brain? Through the vagus nerve.
The vagus nerve functions as the body’s two-way, highway carrying information from the brain to the organs of the body and back. In particular, the heart, adrenal glands, gut, pancreas, and lungs. And they all react to chronic stress and trauma through this connection.
The vagus nerve stimulates these gut functions:
This is important because research has found one of the key controls of inflammation is the vagus nerve. This means the vagus nerve is part of the process for switching inflammation on and off. It is well known that inflammation is at the root of the majority of chronic diseases.
The health of your gut depends highly on what kind of bacteria live in your gut. This is called your microbiome. A healthy microbiome will send a happy signal to your brain via this vagus nerve. Alternatively, an unhealthy population of bacteria will send distress signals to your brain. If we pay attention to our mood, we are listening to our microbiome literally speaking to us through the megaphone that is your vagus nerve. We can’t ignore these signals. This is why we cannot ignore the patient’s mood.
Here are some specific things that you can do daily for your gut-brain connection:
Remember how we said the vagus nerve is a two-way street? This means your mood affects your gut and your gut affects your mood.
There is so much more I want to say about gut health that is outside the scope of this blog entry.
I want to direct you to our Gut Quiz – uncover the true state of your gut health!
This quiz is important because we don’t know what we don’t know about the far-reaching implications your gut has on your current and future health.
Consider that even your mood could be a symptom of your gut health. Get an early start with Gut Health by exploring the root imbalances in your gut. 74% of the population are struggling with digestive issues but how many are getting the help they need?