The enteric nervous system enables digestion and also sends messages to the brain about moods.
A network of neurons that line the stomach, known as our enteric nervous system, not only enables digestion but also sends messages to our brain about our mood.
Those butterflies in your stomach are a perfect example of how a sensation from the enteric nervous system in your gut is interpreted by the brain as an anxious mood. Scientists and researchers are now examining how neurotransmitters in your stomach carry messages about your sense of well-being from the gut, and not the other way around, as previously thought.
Serotonin is an important neurotransmitter produced in both the brains and gut from l-tryptophan, an essential amino acid found in many protein foods. Too little serotonin in the brain can be caused by not consuming enough trytophan-producing nutrients and cause medical conditions and psychiatric disorders, such as depression, insomnia, obesity and anorexia. And the link between gut health and depression is another area of interest that’s gaining more attention. Irritable bowel syndrome, osteoporism and autism have also been linked to the level of serotonin in the gut.
So the old saying ‘You are what you eat’ has plenty of truth to it. And just as your mood affects what you eat, what you eat also affects your moo