Nobody can negate the importance of our brain as human beings. At the end of the day, this is what sets us apart from other animals on this planet. But there is another kind of brain that provides us with another type of intelligence and this one is found in the belly. Marc David, the founder of the Psychology of Eating Institution calls it: The brain in the belly. And this brain can teach us a great deal.
To tell you more about this ‘gut brain’: It is located under the cells of the esophagus, stomach, large and small intestine. It is more scientifically known as the Enteric Nervous System (ENS). It is very rich in neurons and chemicals that induce signals from the ‘gut brain’ to the head-brain and vice-versa.
So there is an easy and direct link between your belly and your brain. Your ‘gut-brain’ has a lot to say and the head-brain happily listens.
So when you feel like you can’t swallow, you have a lump in your throat or if you can’t stomach something, it emotionally means that you are in a situation or going through a feeling you don’t want to accept. We quite literally have less capacity to digest food, when our mind is improperly digesting life’s experiences.