7 Unknown Facts about Gut
Feb 05, 2020
Gut is a highly intelligent organ. It may be more of a thinker than you know. Scientists call it the second brain. No wonder gut feeling gets its due notice. Gut is not only responsible for providing energy to each and every cell in our body but is also responsible for overall well being and emotions.
Fact 1: Gut has a brain of its own
There are over 100 million neurons in the gut, as many as there are in the head of the cat
Fact 2: Most of the serotonin (the feel good hormone) is present in the gut
95% of the serotonin is found in the gut. No wonder antibiotics, diet and medications can influence one's mood
Fact 3: You can eat upside down
When you eat something a wave like motion is generated in the esophagus due to contractions and expansions. This pushes the food into stomach. It is difficult to eat upside down but possible
Fact 4: Microbiome (micro-organisms that live in our gut) make up to 4-6 pounds of body weight
There are 10 times more microbes living in the body than the human cells
Fact 5: There is a link between autism and bacterial diversity in the gut
Research shows that altering bacterial diversity in the gut through specific diets may help to treat Autism and hyperactivity
Fact 6: Leaky gut (an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the gut) contribute to a wide range of health issues
Autoimmune diseases like Crohn's, Colitis, Multiple Sclerosis, systemic lupus and so on may arise or exacerbate from leaky gut.
Fact 7: Stress can mess up your gut
Stress slows down digestion as it diverts the energy away from the gut to combat flight or fight situations. Chronic stress leads to irritable bowl with gas, bloating and indigestion
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