Have you ever experienced bloating at home, only to go on a (much deserved) vacation and realize your bloat is nowhere to be found? Or maybe you’ve noticed that in times of stress, no matter what you eat, your belly hurts like never before? That’s because our brain and gut are connected in a bidirectional way; this means, whatever we’re thinking or feeling emotionally can have direct and drastic effects on our digestive system!
We know talking about poop is taboo; It isn’t exactly sexy, but we all poop! Having normal bowel movements, at least three or more per week, is essential for maintaining the body’s internal balance, known as homeostasis. “Going to the bathroom” allows us to rid our body of wastes and toxins that have built up after eating, and emerging research is showing a strong correlation between a healthy gut and mental health.
The gut microbiome is a buzzy topic these days and an emerging area of research that has even been called the “next frontier of medicine!” Fascinating information regarding the interconnectedness between our overall health and the health of our gut microbiome