Stress is all in the mind set right? Get your head straight and everything sorts itself out?
Well not exactly. You see stress is a funny thing. There are many schools of thoughts to dealing and managing through this burden of self inflicting pressure. You have to first understand things before you can really address them.
I came to know Mr. Jason Moore through some mutual friends as I was doing research for the upcoming projects aimed at stress reduction in the workplace. He is a power house of information and professional expertise. He turned me on to the massive importance the belly has in the over all spectrum to happiness and stress management.
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Kolby I The Healthy Primate
You know those “gut feelings” you get (the ones you ignore most of the time)? And those “pits in your stomach” you get when you’re under stress (the ones you let stop you most of the time)?
Yeah, me too.
You may not realize it, but you actually have a “second brain in your gut”, also known as the “enteric nervous system”, which has a lot more to do with your feelings, performance, and experience in life than the brain located within the six inches between your ears does.
The enteric nervous system, which is sometimes considered part of the autonomic nervous system and sometimes considered totally independent, also governs the function of the gastrointestinal system (your digestion and elimination).
Why is that important?
Because digestion and elimination problems are at the root cause of all symptoms of all disease — physical, mental, and emotional — and healthy digestion and elimination are the foundation for extraordinary physical, mental, and emotional health and fitness in primates like us.
Therefore, supporting the enteric nervous system and the health, fitness, and proper functioning of your digestion and elimination must be the primary focus of any health or healing strategy you take on and maintain.
I first heard about “the brain in your gut” from an article written by Tom Staverosky, an expert on natural therapy for migraine headaches, in which he shared some research from a book titled, “The Second Brain – Your Gut Has a Mind of Its Own”, by Dr. Michael D. Gershon, MD.
Some of the more important things I pulled out of Dr. Gershon’s book, include:
- 95% of your serotonin is made in your bowel and, in the central nervous system, serotonin plays a key role in regulating emotions like anger, feelings of aggression, body temperature, overall mood, sleep, sexuality, reproduction, appetite, metabolism, nausea, and much more.
- There are more than a hundred million nerve cells in your small intestine, which is a number roughly equal to the number of nerve cells in your spinal cord; add the nerve cells of the esophagus, stomach, and large intestine and you have more nerve cells in your digestive system than in your spine.
- The enteric nervous system is a vast chemical warehouse holding every class of neurotransmitters (facilitators of communication between neurons and body cells and therefore all performance and experience) found in the brain; and the extent of neurotransmitters found in your bowel suggests that the “language” spoken by the cells there is rich and “brain-like” in complexity.
- The local nervous system of your gut has properties like your brain and spinal cord and is largely independent of the central nervous system; in fact, if you cut the connection between the brain and your gut, your gut will continue functioning on its own.
- The enteric nervous system actually has more in common, chemically and structurally, with your brain than with the rest of the peripheral nervous system does and, as a result, illnesses thought to only occur in the brain and associated symptoms, also involve the enteric nervous system or, said differently, the health and fitness of your bowels and digestive tract.
Therefore, the way you think, feel, drink, and eat all have an effect on your biochemistry and, in turn, the quality of your digestion, assimilation, and elimination; and your digestion, assimilation, and elimination, in reverse, have an effect on your biochemistry and, in turn, the way you think and feel, as well as, what and how you eat and drink.
Said differently, how you “feel” and “perform” — your emotions, mood, energy, sexual performance, reproductive functions, appetite, metabolism, and so on, are all directly related to a healthy intestinal tract, proper digestion, proper assimilation, and proper elimination; and it’s a two way street — meaning, stress and emotions can affect your digestion and elimination and your digestion and elimination can affect your emotions and ability to manage stress.
And stress, my friend… WILL. FUCK. YOU. UP.