Gut flora – the second brain

Expressions like “gut feeling” and “butterflies in the stomach” are not a coincidence, but come from the feeling we physically feel in the stomach when we experience happiness, worry or nervousness. In fact, our stomach and intestines are in constant communication with the brain and just as our mental state can affect how we feel in the stomach, so can our stomach health affect our mood and brain function.

Our second brain

Did you know that the gut is sometimes called our second brain? In the gastrointestinal tract we have around 500 million nerve fibres and a whole system of neurons which are a type of cells that can communicate with the brain. Together, these components form their own nervous system called the intestinal nervous system. Through the nerve fibres, the gut can send signals to the parts of the brain that control, among other things, the processing of emotions, memory, motivation, and feelings of anxiety.

The communication between the brain and the gut can be through several different channels – nerve fibres, hormones and cells. An important communication channel is the vagus nerve, which extends all the way from the stomach to the brain stem. Here the communication goes in both directions, that is, the brain can send messages to the gut and the gut can send messages to the brain.

The importance of a balanced gut flora

Because the gut and brain are so closely linked, a healthy gut flora is important both for feeling good mentally and for our cognitive function.

The gut flora and its bacteria are mainly affected by our diet. Fibres are the main food of the gut bacteria – so a healthy diet should be rich in fibres. Research shows most of us don’t get even half of the daily recommended dose of fibres though. This causes an imbalance in your gut, which can affect your mood, emotions and memory as mentioned above.

Besides a low-fibre diet, stress is also a factor that has a major influence on the health of the gut flora. When we experience stress, different types of substances and hormones such as adrenaline, norepinephrine and dopamine are released. Our immune cells and the good gut bacteria are sensitive to these substances and hormones. The bad bacteria thrive on them though, and happily multiply among these stress hormones. Longer periods of stress can therefore cause the gut flora to become imbalanced.

3 tips for less stress and a healthier gut flora

1. Try Meditation

Meditation does not have to be complicated! Spend 5 minutes a day sitting in silence and focusing on your breath.

2. Think about your breathing

When we get stressed it automatically gets harder to breathe, so when you feel the stress creep in – take five deep, conscious breaths.

3. Move in nature

Try to get out into nature at least a few minutes each day. Feel free to skip the headphones and focus on being present in the moment.

A supplement for your gut health

Want more energy and less bloating? It might be time to take better care of your gut. To strengthen or restore the balance in your gut flora, it's important you feed your gut with a daily dose of pre- and probiotics. A healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables is usually sufficient. If you want an extra boost or make sure you get a daily dose of good bacteria, you can complement your diet with a supplement.

Why should you take Synbiotic15?

A daily dose of Synbiotic15 helps to boost your immune system, improve your digestion, prevent inflammation, strengthen your gut flora, improve your skin and take care of simple stomach problems. It's a powdered mix of 4 patented lactic acid bacteria and 4 grams of prebiotic fibres, which act as food for the good bacteria. Based on over 15 years of research, developed in Sweden and 100% natural.

Add it to your daily (morning) routine and stir it in water, mix it with your smoothie, or take it as is! Get started today. Buy Synbiotic15 now.

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