Digestive Intelligence: A Holistic View of Your Second Brain

Digestive Intelligence: A Holistic View of Your Second Brain Hot

Julie Clayton   May 08, 2014  
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Digestive Intelligence: A Holistic View of Your Second Brain
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July 15, 2014
Digestive Intelligence tells the fascinating story of how our digestive systems are the centre of our bodies’ second brain and how we think and live our emotions via our stomachs.

Not impossible when you consider there is something equivalent to the size of a village football pitch hiding inside our bellies – that’s the incredible magnitude of our digestive systems. They contain an extensive network of nerve cells, called neurons, which carry information to the brain and thus have a profound effect upon our intellectual, emotional and immune processes.

Dr Matveikova answers the obvious questions: “How?” and “Why can this be so?” by explaining, in straight forward layman’s language, that the digestive system contains more than one million neurones, identical to those in the brain and is responsible for producing 90% of the body’s hormone, serotonin, the all-important hormone which makes us feel happy and full of wellbeing. It follows, that if our stomachs are “out of sorts” we can feel irritable, in a bad mood, lacking in energy and those feelings will block our intellectual productivity, tend to disorientate us and completely change our thought patterns and physical processes.

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(Updated: May 20, 2014)
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Dr. Matveikova has managed to cram an impressive amount of useful, often surprising, and even entertaining information into this slim volume. She provides a great overview of the hollow tube that runs the length of our body from top to tail, its anatomy, how it functions, what goes wrong and why. Medically trained, but with an alternative perspective, she provides a balanced and integrative view of the best ways to bring the body back into balance and halt or even reverse the ravages of aging and the modern lifestyle.

She is a great proponent of detoxification in all its forms, but especially colonic irrigation (e.g. enemas.) Factoid from the book: did you know that King Louis XIV had over 2,000 enemas in his lifetime, and had a solid gold enema tube wielded by a specially appointed courtier?

She talks about the roles and contributions of the microbiotic flora in our gut and the value of probiotics and fiber. Factoid: did you know that 50% of our poop is bacteria and their subproducts, and that the “good” bacteria are vegetarians?

She discusses the connection between impaired digestion and emotional imbalances like ADD and depression. Factoid: 90% of Serotonin is produced and stored in the gut.

The small intestine contains more neurons than the spinal cord! It really is a second brain and needs to be considered much more carefully by us and by medial practitioners.

This is just a small sampling of the wisdom and information to be found here, and I believe that we would all benefit from reading this most enlightening (and delightful) book.

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