Did you know that your gut is considered your second brain? Did you know that about 50% of the dopamine and 90% of the serotonin neurotransmitters in your body are produced in your digestive track?
Before human being’s brain developed the newest part of the brain, the third outermost layer called the cortex, the gut served as the guiding brain. “Gut instincts,” “I feel it in my gut,” and other such sayings developed from that and still true today when you listen to the messages coming from your gut.
Of course what you eat and drink affect the gut. The digestive track has its own nervous system that keeps digestion going starting with enzymes being released in your mouth and saliva to break down food, to absorbing nutrients (assuming there is any in the food you ate) all along the through to causing the colon to contract to expel what’s left or not digested in your system.
However, many foods today are so packed with non-food ingredients (for example chemicals, GMO, unnatural flavorings, fillers, and wood pulp) that they aren’t easily or completely digested. They go into storage in the body wherever they can fit into a cell or organ and stay there. Fat cells collect many of these non-food, fake food particles. You can imagine over time what havoc these non-food elements can cause in the body. And you can see how weight can literally pack onto your body.
The pancreas, liver, and intestines are meant to work together in harmony to help you get as much good from what you eat as possible. These digestive organs are working together to remove as much bacteria and waste as possible from your body each and every time you eat or drink. The longer something stays in your stomach the more gas, bloating, and discomfort will likely occur. This is why eating a nutrient rich diet of unprocessed real food makes so much sense. It is the eating style I recommend to my clients. Dr. Joel Fuhrman, doctor and author, is the expert on the benefits of a nutrient-dense foods. I’ll be blogging a review of his newest book, End of Dieting, very soon.
Real food that your body can’t tolerate or digest because it lacks the enzyme or has a sensitivity or allergy to it, might be a fine food for someone else. But the same blockage and storage that occurs with digesting non-food will occur when you can’t digest it and it will cause weight gain and discomfort.
So use your gut brain and listen to it and feel it after everything you eat. Keep track of what you eat and how you feel afterward up to 72 hours. When you see a pattern forming around certain foods, investigate that further by eliminating it from your diet for a week and keep tracking the other foods you eat and how your body feels. Changes, good or bad are a clue you’ll want to follow-up on.
There’s more to come on this in future posts because it is so important for women who carry extra weight around with them no matter how much they’ve dieted or cut back on eating sugar and bad carbs. In the meantime, make a comment if you’ve discovered how certain food affects your body. It’s always interesting to hear how people find out about a food problem they’ve had for years. As always, if you have a question about what I’ve said her, ask it in the comments and I’ll answer back or write a post about.