Dr. Laubscher explains the gut-brain connection.
Can you explain why 'the stomach is called the second brain'?
We classify the gut (gastrointestinal tract) as the second brain. The gut is the long tube that starts at top of the throat and goes right down to the anus. The reason why the gut is termed as the second brain is due to the enteric nervous system (ENS) or intrinsic nervous system which controls the function of the gut and gives endless feedback to the brain.
Is 90% of serotonin made in your gut?
Yes 90% is produced in the gut and in the enterochromaffin cells. We are unsure as to why this occurs as it is part of the body’s biochemical make. It is imperative for everyone to have their gut functioning effectively to keep our mood, sleep and appetite patterns in balance.
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Is there anything that prevents efficient digestion that has an effect elsewhere in the body (skin, sleep, hormones etc)?
Excessive animal protein, dairy and sugar puts excessive pressure on the digestive system which negatively effects gut function. The excessive animal proteins and dairy create excessive acidic waste and slows gut motility. To prevent this, try to always eat organic chicken, meats and line caught fish. As a general rule, animals with less legs are less acid forming so fish for example is less acidic than red meat or pork.
Excessive sugar consumption not only causes more acidity but also a significant spike in your blood sugar levels which negatively affect your hormones, skin, sleep, appetite and mood. Keep your sugary foods to 1-2 times per week, after all life is all about balance and not about abstinence.
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