Author: Emeran Mayer
Chances are, at some point in your life you’ve noticed the connection between your brain and your gut. if you’ve ever felt queasy as you walked into an uncomfortable situation or based a life decision on a “gut feeling,” then you know that sometimes our bodies react faster than our minds. Most of us have also experienced the same phenomenon in reverse, where our mental state has affected our digestive systems – the butterflies in our stomach before an important meeting or a first date, or the anxious rumbling we feel when we’re stressed out or upset. But while the dialogue between the mind and the gut has been recognized for centuries, until now medicine has not fully realized just how deep the connection really is.
In The Mind-Gut Connection, Dr. Emeran Mayer, executive director of the Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience at UCLA, offers a cutting-edge view into this developing science, showing us the full impact and complexity of how the brain, gut, and microbiome – the community of microorganisms that lives inside the digestive tract – communicate with one another. As Dr. Mayer explains, the connection between the mind and the gut is bidirectional: the gut talks to the brain and the brain talks to the gut. When this communication channel is out of whack, major health problems can crop up in both the mind and the body, including food sensitivities and allergies, digestive disorders, obesity, depression, anxiety, and fatigue.
The Mind-Gut Connection teaches us how, with a few simple changes to our diet and lifestyle, we can develop a happier mind-set, enhanced immunity, a decreased risk of developing neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, and even lose weight. With a simple, practical regimen drawn from the latest research, Dr. Mayer shows us that paying attention to the mind-gut balance is the key to unlocking vibrant health.