We often talk about having a gut feeling about something, butterflies in our stomach when we are nervous, and to do a gut check when something doesn’t seem quite right. These aren’t just figures of speech or metaphorical expressions. Our gut and brain communicate on an information superhighway called the gut-brain axis.
This information system allows the gut to provide the brain with information about hunger, stress, or if we’ve eaten something that doesn’t agree with us. That sinking feeling you get in your stomach when you see your credit card bill is an example of this connection. You are stressed, and your gut knows it.
Inside the Gut
Living inside your gut is approximately 300-500 different types of bacteria. They also line your entire digestive system, with the majority of them living in your intestines and colon. They affect everything from your mood to your metabolism to your immune system
With all, that’s going on in your gut, and with the importance of gut health jumping into the mainstream, this is a GR8 time to get the inside scoop on your gut anatomy.