Visual Representation & Explanation of How The Gut & Brain are Connected

A great infographic from @thegutstuff summing up how our gut and brain are connected.

After all of last weeks’ posts on how food affects mood & mental health, this is a great visual representation of what is physically happening between the gut & brain.

Have a wonderful Tuesday 🤟🏼🤟🏼 don’t forget to go out and download some good vibes from the sun today 😉


Have you heard about the gut brain axis (or the big GBA as we like to call it)? The GBA’S role is to keep tabs on how the gut is functioning as well as linking your cognitive and emotional parts of your brain with your gut. A great example of this in practice is feeling butterflies in your gut if you are nervous/anxious). ⁠
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Your gut and brain chat to each other like pals and just like us, use different ways of communicating. Here are just some of them: ⁠
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Old fashioned landline: Vagus nerve connecting your brain to your gut ⁠

Whatsapp: Neurochemical signalling – these are neurotransmitters pinging up and down between brain and gut tell you how to feel…⁠

Like chatting to your pals on Instagram, Houseparty and messenger all at once: Hypothalamic Pituitary Axis (HPA) – the centre of your stress response. ⁠
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That’s a lot of cross talk going on. What goes on in your gut is going to have an affect on your brain and vice versa. ⁠
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We partnered with @anxietyukofficial to create this infographic to help everyone understand it better, share it with someone you think might be interested!⁠

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