• A Connection Between Our Emotions and Our Gut

    Ever get the feeling your tummy is talking to you in a real, instinctive way? I’m sure we have all heard someone say, “I’ve got a gut feeling about…”.

    The science on the connection between our thoughts, our emotions and our gut is growing. In the next ten years, we will learn so much more. “I’m always by profession a skeptic,” says Dr. Emeran Mayer, Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles. “But I do believe that our gut microbes affect what goes on in our brains.”
    In my daily medical practice, I often see patients with abdominal pain of all types. This pain often has a physiologic origin and usually also has an emotional component, especially if it is chronic abdominal pain.

    Taking probiotics daily can help regulate the flora in our gut, which will support the immune system and may even help regulate our emotions.
    One easy way to get in touch with your tummy is to do belly breathing. Take some time, and some deep breaths and see if you can allow your breath to drop into your abdomen. This type of exercise will quickly elicit a natural relaxation response.

    If you are interested in this topic, take a peek at this NPR article about the gut/brain connection.

    ~ Jackie Curtis, FNP

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