At one time or another you have probably been told to simply listen to your gut. It turns out, this advice may be so popular because it is rather effective. In fact, your gut is home to the enteric nervous system (ENS), also known as the body’s second brain. A healthy (and smart!) ENS directly relates to a sharper mind and a healthy body.
For many years, health officials believed the communication between your brain and ENS was one-way; the brain barked orders and the ENS obeyed. Integrative Neurologist, Kulreet Chaudhary, touts the importance of a healthy gut, as the ENS is responsible for sending 90 percent of the messages between it and the brain.