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GUT REACTION That feeling in your stomach about making a decision. Butterflies before giving a speech or taking an exam. Upset stomach if nervous. What we feel in our gut is not a coincidence, it’s inextricably linked to our mental state. Professor Mary Tabacchi looks at the evidence and how to create good gut health...



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produced more acid and when relaxed he could digest readily, with no pain. This explains why heart disease, inflamed veins and arteries, allergic reactions, rashes and joint pain all happen according to the emotional state. The brain can trigger emotions and emotions may determine whether the food is readily digested or causes a stomach ache or diarrhea. Equally a healthy gut sends neuro peptides to the brain which calm us and create a positive mental outlook. The spleen, liver, lymph and blood bone mechanisms are well known immune centres, however, for more than 20 years, scientists have suspected

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hy does a person sometimes get an upset stomach from eating and sometimes not? When does a diet become inflammatory versus healing and the ability to build up the immune system? When does food store up energy, so the body functions efficiently, so we can do physical work with ease? Researchers have long suspected a strong gut-brain connection. In 1822, at a Northern Michigan military outpost, Dr William Beaumont studied a soldier who had been shot in the abdomen. He discovered that when the patient was angry his stomach

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