If you’ve ever “gone with your gut”, you’re likely getting signals from your second brain. Where is it hidden and how it works, read more here…

What does your gut tell you?
Have you ever “gone with your gut” to make a decision or felt “butterflies” in your stomach when anxious or nervous? Like the majority of us, you most likely have, and there is actual science behind this unorthodox source of insight. You’re likely getting signals from your second brain: the enteric nervous system consisting of more than 100 billion nervous cells lining the walls of your digestive system that constantly communicate with the brain – with major results. This “brain in the gut” brings new understanding of the links between digestion, mood, health and even the way you think and make decisions.

The enteric nervous system may trigger big emotional shifts by people suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrom (IBS) and recurrent digestive symptoms such as gas, bloating, irregular bowel movements, and pain. In addition, studies show that irritation and imbalance in the digestive system can transmit signals to the brain that trigger mood changes.

A simple and efficient way to keep the body happy and spirits up all year round is to take good care of your digestive system. In addition to maintaining a healthy diet, probiotics – delivered with the right strain, in the right place, and at the right dose can help populate your intestinal ecosystem with the positive, beneficial microflora that can make a difference and help you “normalize” your daily routine and bring back comfort, freedom, confidence, and the ability to enjoy life. Be cautious though, not all probiotics are equal; some strains are proven to have therapeutic benefits and bring a good gut feeling, others are just friendly bacteria without noticeable effect.

Today’s advances in probiotics focus less on the quantity and number of different strains, and more on identified strains that deliver clinically-validated results and true potency at expiration. Leading the way in digestive health research is a very specific human strain of probiotic named Lactobacillus Plantarum 299v. One of the most extensively-researched probiotics, L. plantarum (LP299v™) has been studied in healthy adults and children, including in those with IBS. The research has proven that L. plantarum 299v improves gastro-intestinal health and elimination in healthy people, alleviates the pain, bloating, and frequency in people with IBS, and reduces or eliminates the effects of antibiotic treatment, including C.difficil. In addition, LP299v™ has been shown to improve iron absorption, reduce cholesterol, and lower inflammatory markers.

  1. plantarum 299v has other specific properties that distinguish it from other friendly bacteria. It is stomach-acid resistant and the only strain shown to stimulate the growth of other probiotic bacteria, thereby improving the intestinal biodiversity. In addition, it possesses a rare, specific mechanism of action that prevents pathogenic bacteria from colonizing and multiplying in the intestinal tract, which can help prevent digestive upset and more importantly infection.

The equilibrium of bacteria in the digestive system is very delicate, and a good diet and targeted probiotics can help achieve the right balance for optimal digestive and overall health. Don’t forget: the digestive system houses the majority of the immune system, about 90% of our “happy hormone”, serotonin, and about 50% of dopamine, the neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers.  Nourishing it with the appropriate strain and dose of probiotics can provide relief against even more severe, recurrent digestive issues such as IBS, bring daily digestive comfort and help promote physical and mental wellness all year round.