Do you have gut instincts or have you ever felt butterflies in your stomach when you’re nervous? Have you ever felt like your stomach is cramping when trying to make an important decision or you became nauseous when something just didn’t feel right? This is because your nervous system and digestive system have a huge impact on one another.
The connection between the brain and the gut is a two-way street called the gut-brain axis. The brain controls the gut, but the gut also affects the brain. By ensuring proper communication between the brain and the body via specific chiropractic adjustments you are improving this communication, however, to really take your health to the next level you must also balance your gut bacteria.
So how do you improve your gut flora?
Start by having your nervous system tested for interference and rebalancing it through proper chiropractic adjustments. Then, add in good sources of healthy bacteria in the form of fermented foods such as sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi, olives, yogurt or kombucha. If you aren’t a fan of sauerkraut, then get your hands on a good probiotic supplement. Good supplements indicate the number of live colonies in each capsule before its expiry date. Shoot for a brand that has several different types of bacteria with a minimum 10 billion per capsule. For children, we recommend buying probiotic powder that can be mixed into pureed foods or sauces.
Hidden in the walls of the digestive system, this “brain in your gut” is revolutionizing medicine. We now understand the links between digestion, mood, health, and even the way you think. Scientists call this little brain the enteric nervous system (ENS). The ENS is two thin layers of more than 100 million nerve cells lining your gastrointestinal tract from esophagus to rectum.