The Gut Brain Axis:

The Gut Brain Axis:

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Did you know?

Your digestive system is the most abundant source of important brain neurotransmitters, outside of the brain. Serotonin, melatonin, noradrenaline, dopamine, they all influence mood and yet, their highest concentrations are in the gut. How we support our general feeling of wellbeing lies all throughout the digestive tract.

So what influences the production of these neurotransmitters in the gut?

Probiotics for one. Probiotics are live strains of friendly bacteria that are crucial for digestive, immune and neurological health and ensure that the gut is a nourishing environment to manufacture necessary neurotransmitters for mood and wellbeing. 

Antioxidants. These occur naturally in plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables and herbs. Antioxidants help prevent cell damage caused by oxidants. Oxidants are free radicals that you find in the environment, but they're also produced naturally in your body. Popular antioxidants include vitamins A (beta-carotene), C, E, and turmeric.

So now that we know we produce feel good hormones in our gut that then provide the hormonal effect in our brain, exactly what is the gut-brain axis?

Our nerve cells are known as neurons. They rely on beneficial bacteria in the gut to make specific neurotransmitters - internal chemical messengers for mood health. This means that the brain relies on the gut as the perfect environment for neurotransmitter production success. Healthy neurotransmitter function such as serotonin for mood, sleep and relaxation, dopamine for balanced emotional responses and noradrenaline for its role in the body’s stress response, all rely on a healthy gut. 

The gut-brain axis is the communication of chemical messengers (neurotransmitters) that are sent from the gut along the vagus nerve pathway to the brain. They continually chat between the gut and the brain, a constant two-way conversation that helps support a healthy nervous system response. This is known as the gut-brain axis.

How does this show up in a body response we can relate to?

An example is that all too common feeling, what we call gut intuition - that tight sensation in your stomach when you are stressed or that tickly feeling of butterflies when nervous. You feel it in your gut because your brain is talking to your digestive tract through a nerve response. 

We are not just what we eat, we are what we feel.

 

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The Gut Brain Axis:

Did you know? Your digestive system is the most abundant source of important brain neurotransmitters, outside of the brain. Serotonin, melatonin, noradrenaline, dopamine, they all influence mood and yet, their highest concentrations are in the gut. How we support our general feeling of wellbeing lies all throughout the digestive tract.

So what influences the production of these neurotransmitters in the gut?

Probiotics for one. Probiotics are live strains of friendly bacteria that are crucial for digestive, immune and neurological health and ensure that the gut is a nourishing environment to manufacture necessary neurotransmitters for mood and wellbeing. 

Antioxidants. These occur naturally in plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables and herbs. Antioxidants help prevent cell damage caused by oxidants. Oxidants are free radicals that you find in the environment, but they're also produced naturally in your body. Popular antioxidants include vitamins A (beta-carotene), C, E, and turmeric.

So now that we know we produce feel good hormones in our gut that then provide the hormonal effect in our brain, exactly what is the gut-brain axis?

Our nerve cells are known as neurons. They rely on beneficial bacteria in the gut to make specific neurotransmitters - internal chemical messengers for mood health. This means that the brain relies on the gut as the perfect environment for neurotransmitter production success. Healthy neurotransmitter function such as serotonin for mood, sleep and relaxation, dopamine for balanced emotional responses and noradrenaline for its role in the body’s stress response, all rely on a healthy gut. 

The gut-brain axis is the communication of chemical messengers (neurotransmitters) that are sent from the gut along the vagus nerve pathway to the brain. They continually chat between the gut and the brain, a constant two-way conversation that helps support a healthy nervous system response. This is known as the gut-brain axis.

How does this show up in a body response we can relate to?

An example is that all too common feeling, what we call gut intuition - that tight sensation in your stomach when you are stressed or that tickly feeling of butterflies when nervous. You feel it in your gut because your brain is talking to your digestive tract through a nerve response. 

We are not just what we eat, we are what we feel.

 

The Gut Brain Axis:

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