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    Default Probiotics for Depression?

    Hiyaguha Cohen
    07/10/2018

    Did you ever say that something that bothered you emotionally made you sick to your stomach? Or that you got “butterflies” when nervous? In fact, it’s long been known that intense emotions can give you indigestion, induce nausea, make you vomit, and even bring on chronic gastrointestinal conditions like diverticulosis and colitis.
    The profound effect of emotions on the gut may be due to the fact that the digestive tract, the area from the esophagus to the rectum, is absolutely loaded with nerve cells—over one million—so many, in fact, that scientists have designated a “second brain” in this region and labelled it “the enteric nervous system.”

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    More and more research showing a nexus between gut health and mental health. So if the gut has a "second brain," does that mean the gut has a mind of its own? Lol.

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    When I see a buffet of fluffy, creamy desserts, I sometimes think so! "Feed me, feed me!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Wizard View Post
    More and more research showing a nexus between gut health and mental health. So if the gut has a "second brain," does that mean the gut has a mind of its own? Lol.
    Gut definitely does, perhaps even brainier smarter

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    I frequently notice that my stomach aches due to emotions and I eat too much chocolate. Sometimes, my friends just say: Oh, you're a biochemist and know chemistry and the stuff and everything that happens in your body". lol Yeah, if I'm a biochemist, I should know (and control!) my body - that doesn't work that way.

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    Good morning, TerryMulhern and welcome to HH!

    It sounds like you're asking two separate questions. About the stomach aches, this thread documents the intimate relationship between emotions and the gut. Recent studies confirm that as a society we are increasingly anxious, stressed and depressed, and surely all those nerve cells in our gut are feeling it directly. These same things make some people sick, some make them lose their appetite or even vomit, some feel those "butterflies." In my case my stomach feels like a clenched fist. Until someone else comes along with more suggestions, my best advice would be to find whatever relaxes and calms you. For some it's music; for some it might be chamomile tea; for some it's meditation while for others it may be a walk in the woods, or watching an upbeat movie.

    Now about chocolate, there's a theory that there's no such thing as too much! If you are a chocolate lover, a lot depends on whether you fill up on sweetened milk chocolate, or whether you get by on a modest amount of dark chocolate with very little sweetener and perhaps some dried fruit and nuts. It's not at all a bad thing in moderation. When you feel the need for more and more, I'd try distracting myself with some other task you would also enjoy doing. It's sort of like what we do with toddlers who are about to get into trouble: distract them! Go distract yourself with something more interesting than chewing tasty dessert fare!
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