Our tummy is a second brain.....?? Bone broth turbo charged with ginger, turmeric, lemon, & pepper

We continue to consider the role of bone broth for tummy health on our overall mind & body health, as well as a direct injection of collagen (9 essential amino acids your body needs but cannot make). Lets take it another step further and add ginger, turmeric, lemon and pepper...a turbo charged healthy way to restore tummy health, reduce inflammation, remove antioxidants from your body and it tastes great. The additional of pepper appears to allow the body to absorb 2000% more curcumin from the turmeric which includes potent anti-inflammatory properties.

New research suggests that the tummy is much much more than an acid bath that breaks down our food for distribution throughout your body - There’s an entire ecosystem of bacteria and a vast neural network operating in our guts. This ecosystem is our second brain, and comprises some 100 million neurons (1), as many as there is in the head of a cat. It is not a thinking brain but these neuron receptors talk to brain partly determines our mental state and plays key roles in certain diseases throughout the body. 

Gershon also provides "in fact 95 percent of the body's serotonin is found in the bowels".

So your tummy is equipped with its own reflexes and senses, the second brain can control gut behavior independently of the brain, says Michael Gershon, chairman of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at New York–Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, an expert in the nascent field of neurogastroenterology.

Gershon says there mounting evidence suggesting your tummy health strongly influences your moods. Not only is the tummy doing the daily grind of processing your foods but it also reacting to how good a job you are doing - your gut’s health strongly influences your mood.

Your brain has delegating the digestive function to your tummy neurons, and it provides feedback on how well you are doing at it. The tummy provides feedback through the spinal cord to the brain on how well you are doing feeding it, the brain then lets you know through your mood and serotonin release.

On the tummy, "the system is way too complicated to have evolved only to make sure things move out of your colon," says Emeran Mayer, professor of physiology, psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.). For example, scientists were shocked to learn that about 90 percent of the fibers in the tummy, carry information from the gut to the brain and not the other way around.." Gershon says.

With that in mind lets consider a turbo broth incorporating the health benefits of ginger, turmeric, lemon and pepper. Ginger and turmeric are from the same family and are highly beneficial for reducing inflammation in the body, the lemon serving can contain more than 50% of your daily vitamin C needs, and pepper added to the broth works with the other ingredients and increases curcumin absorption from the turmeric by 2000%. 

Please try not to let your broth boil - you'll destroy your goodness...

Consider adding:

  1. 1 2" knob of fresh ginger - peeled and sliced
  2. 1 1" knob of fresh turmeric - peeled and sliced
  3. 2 slices fresh lemon
  4. 1 teaspoon black pepper

(1) www.scientificamerican.com/article/gut-second-brain/