Is struggling with weight a “Second Brain” problem?

Fascinating post about why a good number of us over-eat (and some of us under-eat). It also explains the myth about “shrinking” or “stretching” the stomach. Thank you as always, Madelyn! (She’s a coach who can be contacted directly with questions if you are so inclined, and I highly recommend following her blog.)
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ADD . . . and-so-much-more

The Hunger Games of The Second Brain
– from Knowing Neurons

a hand-crafted reblog adding to the Brain-Based Series
Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC

Gut Feelings

Most of us know what it means to have “a gut feeling” – whether it feels intuitive in nature, or a queasy feeling in reaction to something negative or disgusting.  We tend to feel it in the solar plexis or below.

Many of us consider this “gut feeling” idea a metaphor – or believe that the brain in our head sends signals to the gut that produce these feelings.

Not exactly.  Your gut actually has a brain of its own (of sorts).

The nervous system that lines your gut, the enteric nervous system (ENS), is popularly called the “second brain.” This complex network of over 100 million neurons along the gastrointestinal tract works independently of any commands from the brain!


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One thought on “Is struggling with weight a “Second Brain” problem?

  1. I really appreciate the reblog. I didn’t mention it in the article, but it seems appropriate to add it here. The hormonal shifts as we age also affect our dating habits.

    Woman respond differently to pheromones when we are fertile, when we go for those bad boys (and they are drawn to us like flies to honey), and when we’re not, when we tend to prefer the nice guys. As we grow closer to menopause (starting at about 38 on average), most of us make better – more supportive – choices concerning the men we allow into our lives. Who knew, right? So, while it may be more difficult to “attract” a partner in the singles bar singles scene, when we are in “friends first” environments, long-lasting love is a lot more likely.


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