Eating a healthy balanced diet is hard enough for just one brain. But now science is telling us we need to cater for two? It can all get a bit much.
So, I guess we’ll unravel this second brain malarkey first – then get to the turmeric.
Originating from Eastern teachings, your gut or digestive tract is taught as an extension of your brain. Scientific research has supported this claim as it is documented that the gut biome, in fact has its own nervous system.
Furthermore, the small intestine alone has more neurons per square inch than the spinal cord!
Not only that, but 95% of serotonin is produced by the gut.
Your belly is literally responsible for all your happiness! But we already knew that right…
Understanding the complex web of nerves wrapped around our digestive organs is critical to understanding how sensitive we are to the foods we eat every. single. day.
If you experience some of the following symptoms, it could be a sign that your second brain is trying to tell you something:
- Bloating (classic)
- Diarrhoea (classic)
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS
Now, this is just a snapshot look into some of the most common symptoms amongst the general population. However, new research is drawing more and more links between the imbalance in our second brain and global healthcare epidemics. I’m talking mental health.
Could it really be that simple? That the prevalence of our depression, anxiety, ADHD and myriad of other mental disorders is simply a mistreatment of the wrong brain!
I mean just think about it – the excess starch, refined carbs, sugar and partly digested foods pilling on top of each other. Fermenting overtime, filling up with gas, toxic ammonia, a growth of yeast and a swamp of bacteria.
That doesn’t sound like 95% happiness to me.
A Natural Scientific Gut Fix.
Maybe you’re starting to piece some of this together. I know I was. I mean it makes so much sense:
Too much bread and pasta makes you bloat. Bloating is synonymous with inflammation, internal swelling and the build up of toxins. This cripples our immune system, as it’s too preoccupied with fighting off bacteria instead of pumping out the happy chemicals of serotonin.
That’s depressing. That’s science!
Luckily, science has a remedy – cue turmeric.
Famously known for giving curry its inviting dark mustard appearance. Turmeric is a natural, powerful anti-inflammatory. Give thanks to its key chemical curcumin, which has swelling suppressing properties.
This Asian spice brings balance and harmony back to the second brain, whilst also promoting some useful added health bonuses:
- Clear skin
- Reduced joint pain
- Improved recovery
- Cramp relief
In short, It pays to be mindful on how our emotions can be influenced by our internal states and that’s foods for thought.
If this resonates with you, I invite you to go with your gut and like, comment and share your own personal experiences.