In today's Mind Your Health podcast episode, we explore the intricate workings of the Enteric Nervous System (ENS) and its influence on our health. The journey begins with an in-depth look at the ENS, a complex network of neurons in our gastrointestinal tract that is fundamental in managing the digestive process.
We delve into the complex role of the ENS in various stages of digestion, including swallowing, stomach functioning, and bowel movements. The episode also sheds light on the ENS's vital role in regulating the defecation reflex and how it affects our overall digestive health.
We get into how the gut’s production of serotonin can indirectly influence brain function, affecting our mood and mental health. This leads us to explore the intriguing relationship between gut health and anxiety, revealing how stress and anxiety can alter gut motility and neurotransmitter production.
The episode also highlights the importance of the ENS in maintaining a balanced immune response and its overarching effect on the body. Throughout the episode, you will discover:
🌿 Essential insights into how your Enteric Nervous System influences digestion, hormones, mental health, and skin.
🌿 The profound impact of gut health on your mood, skin, and overall health.
🌿 Practical dietary and lifestyle modifications to enhance and support your gut health.
This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in understanding the complexities of gut health and its effects on our wellbeing.
Timestamps to follow along with:
0:00 - 2:02 Intro
2:03- 5:02 What Is ENS?
5:03 - 8:15 How ENS Regulates Digestion
8:16 - 11:39 ENS, Serotonin & Anxiety
11:40 - 14:42 Are Gut Tests Worth It?
14:43 - 18:13 How Does Gut Health Affect Your Skin?
18:14 - 24:18 ENS & Immune System
24:19 - 31:55 ENS, Mental Health & Gut Microbiota
31:56 - 35:07 Improving Your Gut Health
35:08 - 36:04 Outro
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