You have most likely read the latest news of the study at UCLA linking good gut health, including eating yogurt with probiotics daily, to affect brain functioning and to have positive effects upon mental health (study was with women). For some time, scientist have understood how the head brain effects the gut in development. As early as the 1830’s, William Beaumont, an army surgeon who is known now as the “Father of Gastric Physiology", found an association between changing moods and gastric secretions. The classical view of top-down control with the head brain’s ability to control gut function has been supported by evidence revealing that the brain influences body systems, like the gastro intestinal tract, particularly when the person is under stress. Now there is new evidence to show also a bottom-up control with the gut, the microbiota in the gastro-intestinal tract, can influence head brain functioning and is linked to behavior, depression, stress, and stress-related diseases. Neuroscientists are now evaluating the role of gut microbiota modulation on emotional processing in the brain and its functioning. This “good” bacteria, the “good” flora in your gut, may be instrumental in how your brain develops, you behave, and react to stress.
A wise doctor once said that "if your eyes can not cry, then your gut will". He was describing the reason your gut might be in pain physically in relation to emotional pain of which your head is in denial. Your head and even your heart may be in denial, but your gut can't be. That you can count on! Seems that we all have had the experience of laughing or crying until our gut feels it. But if our thinking brain and our heart are in denial of our feelings and needs as human beings, our gut will cry or signal us (ie, irritable bowel syndrome, stomach pains, dis-ease, etc) like a red flag to be aware of ourselves and our instinctual human needs of freedom and acceptance until our thinking brain gets the communication. We have found that the Somatic Reflection Process on gut feelings is vital for improving the emotional immune system and mental health, as well as developing gut feeling awareness to follow in healthy decision-making. We recommend it's use daily along with any probiotic diet plan to work hand-in-hand. Make your gut happy with both good bacteria and gut feeling awareness to send the maximum signals of happiness to the thinking brain.
We have submitted a complete protocol in our book for the purposes of individual use as well as further research on gut health. As you use it, you will see that we started from the gut in our exploration of intelligence rather than from the head, a bottom-up approach to counseling and healing, and found the gut feeling memory to hold the record of the impact of life upon the person. We found that the awareness of this impact through gut or somatic reflection is the key to positive development and both physical and mental health and well-being. In fact, we have theorized that just as the body repairs cells during deep sleep, the Somatic Reflection Process centering on gut feelings has the same cell repair possibility as REM sleep or at the least enhances this process to occur. Our research (evaluated in out book) at SSU found that participants, with whom we used the Somatic Reflection Process, reported sleeping better after the process, felt less stress that reduced the gut knot feeling, and experienced a renewed clarity of thought, hope, decision-making, and somatic awareness.
1. What are the Instinctual Needs That are Often Confused for the Need of Food in Gut Feelings of Emptiness and Fullness?
2. Why Is Reflecting Upon Our Gut Feelings So Important to Our Immune System and Well Being— Distinguishing the "You" and "Not Truly You" for Excellent Mental and Physical Health!
or go here to view a list of all our older post on gut intelligence and read more excerpts from our book to learn more about the Somatic Reflection Process technique: