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Continuing on with our series on Brain Health,
Today’s topic is about your 2 brains.
We eat with our brains before food even touches our lips.
Because humans evolved at a time when food was scarce, our sense organs and their processors in the brain are exquisitely attuned to the project of finding and consuming food.
What is the process of eating?
First. We see our foods. And we are more susceptible to bright colors like colorful fruits and vegetables. And companies know that, so they also make their packaging on processed foods colorful and attractive.
And then we smell the food. We tend to sniff out our foods before we actually put them into our mouths. If you’ve ever smelled a durian, you know that some people love the smell while others hate it. Durian has a very intense flavor that seems to be appealing to only certain people.
And then, of course, we put the food into our mouths, and we chew. Chewing lets us taste the food and our saliva also secretes enzymes that help breaks down the food before swallow. So always chew your food because it does helps your digestion.
Now let’s talk about our second brain. We all know that we have a brain. Up here, in your head. Men might think that your second head is, well, down there. But that’s not what we’re talking about.
Every one of us, both men and women, has a second brain. This second brain is the enteric nervous system and it is in our GUT. Yeah.
This nervous system uses all the same neurotransmitters as our upstairs brain.
So when you hear people say ‘Gut Feeling’ – Our gut really does have feelings!
And because we have ‘feeling’ in our guts, this may be why we are prone to emotional eating when we are sad, frustrated, anxious, angry, or bored. And sometimes we are confusing these emotions with being hungry. We may think that we are feeling hungry, but in fact we may be just sad, bored, frustrated, anxious, or angry. Stress also has a strong influence on your gut.
Having a full stomach makes us feel pleasurable, satisfied, happy and comforted.
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Our enteric nervous system in our GUT uses all the same neurotransmitters as our upstairs brain. If that’s the case, then how do we control our gut feelings? How do we know when we are physically hungry, or emotionally hungry?
We’ll talk more about it tomorrow.
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