Go with your gut!
‘Go with your gut’, ‘I’ve got a gut feeling’, ‘Butterflies in my tummy’. We’ve been using these tummy terms to talk about our feelings for decades, and now there’s science behind them too!
You see, our tummies and brains are closely connected, constantly chatting to each other with two-way communication. So much so, that our tummies almost act as a second brain, with the power to influence our emotions and mental wellbeing, as well as our physical health. Pretty amazing, right?
We call this special link the ‘gut-brain axis’. And the latest science suggests its power and potential for supporting our health and happiness could be huge.
So how does it work?
Just like you and your BFF, the brain and the tummy are there for each other for the good times and the bad. They can feel each other’s emotions, from happiness and excitement, to anxiety, nervousness, sadness and anger.
That means when things are smooth sailing, and you’re happy, calm and stress-free, a happy brain helps keep a happy tummy. Likewise, when your tummy is in tip-top condition, your brain can feel that boost too.