Have you ever had a gut feeling? That knowledge of some event or circumstance that just seems to come from your gut? That sensation deep in your belly that something is very right or very wrong? Or how about a kid who expresses their worry and anxiety by saying their stomach hurts? Getting nervous and having butterflies in your stomach? That’s all part of the Gut-Brain Axis.
So much of our emotion and feelings are centered in our guts – and that’s no accident.
Our gut is actually a second brain for our bodies, lined with neurotransmitters. A recent article from Scientific American points out that “Technically known as the enteric nervous system, the second brain consists of sheaths of neurons embedded in the walls of the long tube of our gut, or alimentary canal, which measures about nine meters end to end from the esophagus to the anus. The second brain contains some 100 million neurons, more than in either the spinal cord or the peripheral nervous system…This multitude of neurons in the enteric nervous system enables us to “feel” the inner world of our gut and its contents. Much of this neural firepower comes to bear in the elaborate daily grind of digestion. Breaking down food, absorbing nutrients, and expelling of waste requires chemical processing, mechanical mixing and rhythmic muscle contractions that move everything on down the line.”
It doesn’t help with deep philosophical thoughts like religion or politics, rather it works with digestion and emotions! That’s where our gut feelings come from.
Now mix in the Gut Biome – the TRILLIONS of microorganisms (fungi, bacteria, viruses, parasites) that live in us and hopefully live symbiotically with us – and this whole system of the Gut-Brain Axis becomes immensely complex and vital to our overall health and well-being. That is why we are so excited to offer this half-day, interactive workshop in conjunction with our partners at Carolina Holistic Health!
Dr. Erin Stefanacci, DC, CFMP, will address the Biochemistry of the Gut-Brain Axis – the science and physiological components of gut infection, inflammation, insufficiency and imbalance (and what to do). By understanding the Gut-Brain Axis and how to keep it in balance, you can learn how to address brain fog, aging-related concerns, digestive issues (constipation, bloating, etc.), anxiety, depression, memory/concentration issues, and inability to focus in a natural way without surgery and without prescription drugs.
Laura Cardwell, Certified Brain Coach, and Energetic Kinesiologist will address the Emotional and Energetic Relationship of Gut-Brain Health. Understanding the physical structures of the Gut Brain-Axis are the first part of the story. The second half is to understand the energetic and mental components that can affect these areas and play a role in the overall physiological function. By understanding how our thought patterns can affect our physiology and our physiology reflects our thoughts we can begin to truly understand the Gut-Brain Axis and how we can make this dynamic communication pathway work in our favor.
This half-day workshop will give you all the tools you need to understand the Gut-Brain Axis. Friends will be made, games will be played, information will be learned. We’ll even give you a delicious and healthy lunch, so there is just no reason not to join us! I’ve got butterflies in my belly, I am so excited.