The Second Brain!

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The gut is often referred to as the “second brain” due to its complex network of neurons, known as the enteric nervous system (ENS), which rivals the number of neurons found in the brain of a dog. With approximately 200 million neurons, the ENS is a sophisticated system that can operate independently of the brain, […]

Stress and Sleep

Stress is a common cause of sleep disturbances, and can lead to difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. When we experience stress, our body produces cortisol and other stress hormones, which can interfere with the natural sleep-wake cycle. Chronic stress can also lead to anxiety and depression, which are common contributors to sleep disturbances and […]

Stress and Hormones

Stress is a natural part of life, but it can have negative effects on our health and wellbeing if it becomes chronic. When we experience stress, our body releases hormones that trigger the “fight or flight” response. This response is designed to help us deal with immediate threats, but it can be harmful if it […]

Stress and Digestive Function

The connection between stress and digestion is well established and has been studied extensively. When we are stressed, be it physical or emotional, our body goes into “fight or flight” mode, a physiological response that prepares us to either confront or flee from a perceived threat. In this state, our body redirects blood flow away from non-essential systems, […]