Your Gut and Neuroscience

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Your Gut and Neuroscience

At Enhanced Life Coaching we are interested in the study of neuroscience which has been concentrating on the role of the brain and its physiology in the managing of emotions, behavior, depression and anxiety . However, new research has unveiled the role of the gut in affecting the brain function and behavior.

Have you heard that you have a ‘second brain’?

This term was composed by Dr. Micheal Gershon, who discovered that serotonin is not only a neurotransmitter in the brain but also in the gut. Dr. Gershon’s years of analysis led to the study that nerve cells in the gut, act with the same intelligence as the nerve cells in the brain. The gut also consists of more neurons than those present in the spinal cord.

Implanted in the walls of the intestines are a boundless network of neurons which is responsible for regulating all aspects of digestion. This is also responsible for impacting on brain function and emotional intelligence. The recent discovery of the human microbiome, and in particular the gut microbiota, has caused a shift in the way Neuroscience and Integrative Life Coaching is examined.

This research plays an important role in gastrointestinal pathologies as well as some mental health-related problems such as depression, negative emotions, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette syndrome, anxiety, fears and phobias, autistic spectrum disorder and lack of happiness. Initial studies appear to support the idea that there is indeed a relationship between gut microbiota and brain neurology.

The gut-brain connection is a term to collectively describe the interrelationship and biochemical signalling between the brain and the gut. It encompasses two nervous systems, the brain and spinal cord and the gastrointestinal tract. These two nervous systems are formed at the same time during faetal development and are developed from the same tissues. There are several ways to which they connect and communicate. The circulatory system acts as a channel for the endocrine and immune system of the gut to relay messages to the brain via hormones and chemical messengers.

Interestingly, it has been estimated that there are 300 trillion bacteria in the large intestine. Including this is the compilation of one thousand species of microbes which comprise one thousand times more cells that exist in the brain/spinal cord and ten times more than the number of human cells in the entire body. Some refer to the gut microbiota as an organ that rivals the brain in complexity.

Microbiota colonizes the large intestine shortly after birth and remains throughout a human’s life. The gut microbiota is influenced by several factors, including genetics, diet, metabolism, age, antibiotic treatment, and stress. Recently there has been an increasing acknowledgment of the role of epigenetics in brain function, as well as psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, drug addiction, development disorders and schizophrenia. If stress and diet is something that you need support with, contact us at Enhanced life Coaching and our Practitioners can direct you to achieve your goals to be the best version of your self inside and out.

Liza Perks, Co-Founder of Enhanced Life-Coaching.

About us


Liza and Ashley Perks have been in the hospitality industry for over 20 years. In this time they have owned nearly 13 hotels and have managed 1,000’s of staff during their journey. Ashley has had immense experience with people and discovering how to work best with them side by side. Since then Ashley, Liza and their daughter Sinead have become Master NLP, Time-Line Therapy™ and Hypnosis practitioners and trainers. Sinead is also the youngest NLP Master Practitioner, Hypnotherapist and Time-Line Therapy™ in Australia. She is also the second youngest NLP trainer in the world.