We are all familiar with the saying ” that you are what you eat.” How many times have you heard this and never stopped to really think about these words? Our hurry up and rushed lifestyles today sometimes don’t allow for such introspection, or are we simply making up excuses?
The reality is that we are in fact what we eat and what we eat directly enhances who we are. For instance Greek yogurt is loaded with probiotics that both boost mood and enhance cognitive function. This has been called the gut-brain axis. Research has now connected that our stomach is directly linked to our brain through the nervous system in our tummies to the central nervous system, which includes our brain.
Our 2nd brain or stomach, produces many of the same neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin. All of which play a vital role in regulating our mood. Fascinating isn’t it? The best way to exhibit this, is through an event called the flight or fight response… yes, we are going back to Psychology 101, just when we all thought, when am i going to need this in life, here you go! This response sends a warning signal to our stomach, which is why stressful events cause digestive issues. On the other hand. digestive issues like constipation or IBS, sometimes trigger anxiety or depression
More importantly this gut-brain axis works to regulate appetite by signaling to the brain that it’s time to stop eating. This is why Greek yogurt has been linked to weight loss as it triggers a sense of fullness and suppresses appetite. The probiotics found in yogurt act as the catalysts to a myriad of signals between our ” two brains” which leaves us in a more positive mood and feeling that much more clever for that 100k like after that Instagram post!