Have you ever had “butterflies” in your stomach or a “gut wrenching” experience? You know, that type of feeling that you get in your stomach when you are nervous or excited about something? As it turns out there is a scientific explanation as to why, the gastrointestinal tract is sensitive to emotion. Anxiety, anger, sadness, excitement can all trigger physical symptoms in the gut. There is a network of neurons that line our guts; it is so extensive that some scientists have even nicknamed it our “second brain.”
This week, a stomach-turning therapy (seriously—no pun intended) has been gracing our social media feeds with unexpected zeal.
Australian researchers have discovered that a certain type of starch found in cold potatoes, bananas and whole grains helps counter the cancerous effects of eating red meat.
Koreans have been enjoying salted and fermented vegetables known as kimchi for about 2000 years. It’s typically served with steamed rice at every Korean meal. But this spicy dish is much more than a condiment.
Researchers in Korea just published a comprehensive review of the health benefits of kimchi as a probiotic. In it they cite 130 studies attesting to the amazing healing properties of this humble food.