Your gut sends messages to your brain like no other part of your body does.
- Notice when something isn’t right you get that “gut feeling”.
- You develop “stomach butterflies” before a first date, or a big interview.
- How about “stomach rumbling” when you are stressed out?
Most of us have been aware of the gut-mind connection, but scientists have been slow to focus on this association. I recently interviewed Dr. Emeran Mayer, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine at UCLA and Director of the famous Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology. We discussed this topic and his new book, The Mind-Gut Connection: How the Hidden Conversation within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices, and Our Overall Health.
The connection between the mind and the gut is bidirectional: the gut talks to the brain and the brain talks to the gut every minute of our lives, and the microbes living in our gut have a major influence over this overall message. When this gut-brain communication is out of balance—due to diet, antibiotic use, stress, or lifestyle—we experience physical and mental health issues including: depression, anxiety, fatigue, weight gain, and digestive problems.
If you would like to discover:
- How to get in touch with your gut feelings
- How to be mindful about what and how you eat
- How to adopt a healthier eating plan
- How to lower systemic inflammation
Dr. Emeran Mayer is an internationally recognized physician and researcher. He has been interviewed by Psychology Today, the New York Times, the LA Times, Sunday Times of London, The Globe, The Guardian, and Scientific American. I am honored to have had the opportunity to interview him.
I wish you the best of health!
Steven Masley, MD, FAHA, FACN, FAAFP, CNS