Role of Food in Mental Health: Our Second Brain

Role of Food in Mental Health: Our Second Brain

The link between foods in our diet and our mental health actually begins in our digestive tract. Our digestive tract is also known as the “second brain” due its rich network of nerves and variety of neurochemicals produced by our gut bacteria. These neurochemicals made in our gut are used by our brains to regulate both physiological and mental processes — including our mood.