Gut Brain Connection

An individual’s gut comprises about 500 million neurons. The nickname “second brain” has been associated with the gastrointestinal tract because it can function independently from the brain. It is one of the only areas of the body that has two-way communication.

It communicates through the parasympathetic fibers of the vagus nerve and the sympathetic fibers of the prevertebral ganglia. This stream is known as the gut-brain axis, and it explains why people have “gut feelings”, “butterflies”, or other reactions in the stomach due to mental and emotional states.

The gut-brain axis is regulated by neurotransmitters, various hormones, immune system cytokines, and different organisms. The enteric (intestines) nervous system contributes to what goes on in the body. This system comprises 30 different neurotransmitters.

Gut-Brain Connection At Corner Canyon Health Center

Corner Canyon Health Center’s approach to the food we serve is consistent with the new research and understanding about how what we eat influences how we feel and function. The stomach produces 90% of our serotonin and 50% of our dopamine, both neurotransmitters that make us feel good and “normal”, in addition to performing many functions that lead to improved mental and physical health.

The typical American diet consists of a lot of processed foods, and people with addiction sometimes don’t eat much at all. Both lead to an insufficient amount of good bacteria in the stomach, which means the brain and body don’t get what they need in multiple areas.

Our chef-prepared meals are filled with healthy grains, vegetables, lean protein, fruit, nuts, and other fresh healthy ingredients, oriented around a Mediterranean diet, which works to improve health in many ways. These foods include prebiotics and probiotics, and we also offer supplements with probiotics to ensure clients get what they need to create an optimal stomach biome. Our chef also teaches workshops to assist clients in understanding the fundamentals of healthy eating and how to plan for and prepare delicious, healthy foods.


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