Got a gut feeling? Our stomachs are usually trying to tell us something. From rumbling when we're hungry, feeling queasy when we're not quite right, or giving us that funny flutter of butterflies; they don’t call it the second brain for nothing, you know. Taking care of our gut is about more than just instinct - and that’s where the magic of pro and prebiotics come in.
Did you know that the gut is lined with over 100 million nerve cells? Our brain and our gut communicate at a superfast speed, thanks to the vagus nerve (the key bridge between our gut to our brain), which is the control of our ‘rest and digest’ system (the one that chills you out!).
And, because this connection is so closely linked, our gut actually affects how we feel emotionally as well as physically. Inside this incredible and well-oiled machine is an array of ‘friendly bacteria’. Busy little bacteria whose sole job is to take care of our gut. However, the impact of busy lives, excess stress, alcohol, poor diet, and antibiotics all takes its toll and can upset the natural balance of our gut and how effective it is at doing its job
. In fact, this good bacteria is so clever, it actually supports our immune system
, eases symptoms of depression, and helps battle obesity.
The nerve signals that our gut produces affect our mood and our behaviour even more than our brain does. But how much attention do we really pay to what's happening on the in-side?