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Thursday, March 30, 2006

The Brain/Gut Axis of GI Evil

Every generation has a famous celebrity pair: Laurel and Hardy. Sonny and Cher. Beavis and Butt-head.

Butt-head? Turns out that’s not just a goofy TV character name or schoolyard insult. It’s a true mind/body connection.

Your brain and gut work together, in lock step, to run your GI tract. When you regularly eat nutrient-deficient processed foods—as most Americans do daily—you foul up your intestinal ecology, and promote growth of undesirable bacteria.

Meanwhile, neurotransmitters (electro-chemical signaling agents) in your brain start working overtime to handle the resulting GI symptoms, such as flatulence and bloating.

And eating poorly causes trouble beyond GI distress. It also strains your brain, as it works overtime in a vain effort to heal you.

This is one reason why emotionally unstable or over-reactive people (‘head cases’) tend to have digestive disorders such as ‘nervous stomach’, excessive gas, and diarrhea. Interesting connection, isn’t it?

Eat right (unprocessed organic foods, and high-quality supplements). Exercise a little every day. Find time to relax.

That’s the secret to training your brain/GI connection for health. In short order, you’ll know in your gut that you’re truly feeling great.


  • ~ Anonymous Anonymous said …

    Came across your blog today. I haven't seen much, but I already know that I like it!

    I'll be back - and linking to you!


  • ~ Anonymous Anonymous said …

    who dat inna new bling wif tbone and his troop cuz the po-po need to go-go

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  • ~ Anonymous Anonymous said …

    Bill, you are absolutely right on this. Eating right is the healthy way to reduce GI distress. I have many many patients that come in each week and tell me about their issues. Most of the symptoms are coming from the foods they are eating.

  • ~ Anonymous Anonymous said …

    This is a very interesting post, Bill. I've been reading your blog and it's by far the most informative blog on this topic. I'm curious to know why you started a blog on this topic? Do you have any other blogs out there?

  • ~ Anonymous Anonymous said …

    I have a lot of these problems and was wondering if it is possible that the cause of some of my problems is from being vegetarian and eating a lot of processed soy products. i have cut that all out now and only in tofu and have added some chicken and fish to my diet, but wondered if the soy products such as boca burgers and soy chicken are acutally not that healthy for you.


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