A major connection exists between our brain and our gut. We often talk about a “gut feeling” when we meet someone for the first time. We’re told to “trust our gut instinct” when making a difficult decision or that it’s “gut check time” when faced with a situation that tests our nerve and determination. This mind-gut connection is not just metaphorical. Our brain and gut are connected by an extensive network of neurons and a highway of chemicals and hormones that constantly provide feedback about how hungry we are, whether or not we’re experiencing stress, o or if we’ve ingested a disease-causing microbe. The science behind gut feelings The enteric nervous system is often referred to as our body’s second brain. There are hundreds of millions of neurons connecting the brain to the enteric nervous system, the part of the nervous system that is tasked with controlling the gastrointestinal system. Since your brain’s neurotransmitters like serotonin are synthesized in the gut, it’s clear that your bowels affect your emotions and your mood. So the key to your happiness? It may be in keeping the electrical “balance” of both brains. Tips to Improve your Digestion and Keep your gut Happy There is no generally accepted number of times a person should poop. As a broad rule, pooping anywhere from three 3 times a day to 3 times a week is normal. To avoid constipation and keeping your gut happy follow these steps: 1.- Increase your intake of H2O Drink plenty of water (or at least 1.5 liters a day) to increase your bowel activity. 2.-Increase your salt intake We refer to Himalayan salt, try to consume up to 2.5 teaspoons of pink salt a day. 3.- Take your minerals Magnesium and potassion are key to a healthy bowel movement activity, increase your consumption up to 600 mg of magnesium citrate, and 200 to 800 mg potassium citrate a day. 4.- Low-histamine probiotics Looking for a probiotic supplement that is low-histamine, and contains bifidobacterium longumand lactobacillus helveticus — will ensure to keep your gut happy while increasing your serotonin (happy hormone) production. At Rehealth, we believe that having informed patients is the only way to deliver optimal healthcare. Please visit our website to find out more interesting content and be a part of an amazing health integrated community! Sources: www.blog.bulletproof.com/second-brain-in-gut/#ref-2 www.healthline.com/health/how-many-times-should-you-poop-a-day FacebookPinTweetEmail Michelle Ibarra Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.