Your Child’s Gut, His Second Brain?

The start of the school year is here and we need a little encouragement from Doctor Coué to face it with… unmasked energy! The sun being always present, let’s take advantage of this essential star to remember our bright summer and what we had then on our plates or rather those of our children.

Because yes, if the summer break is conducive to family relaxation, would the good atmosphere also be related to the food and meals that we take more time to prepare together during the holidays?


What If What Your Child Eats Affects Their Mood?

The links between the content of your child’s plate and his emotional balance are beginning to be studied, although Hippocrates as a good precursor said almost 400 years before our era “May your food be your medicine” …

The interest is to understand that the intestines of children, just like ours (fortunately!), Are directly linked to the brain. We are talking about an important organ here since it measures around seven meters! Beware of sensitive souls: the time it takes for a food to pass from the mouth to the anus varies with age. During the first month of life, the transit time is 8 hours, at 2 years, it is 16 hours, and the longer it goes the slower it is… So the brain has at least 8 hours to be called upon!

The intestine, often referred to as the second brain, has more than 200 million neurons (as many as a cat’s brain!) Which communicate with the central nervous system. No less than 95% of the serotonin produced in the intestine is transmitted to the brain (a neurotransmitter also called the “serenity hormone”) to regulate mood and behavior.

Giulia Enders, in her best seller “The discreet charm of the intestines” tells us about the latest research in progress on the link between the intestine and the processing of emotions. It turns out that only 10% of the nerves that connect the brain and the intestines transfer information from the brain to the intestines. This percentage rises to 90% when it comes to transferring information from the gut to the brain. The most interesting thing is that this information from the gut to the brain goes directly into areas such as processing emotions. Fascinating!

How to act on the mood of our children? The intestine therefore records information, in particular on the quality of hormones in the blood before sending it to the brain. The mood being linked to hormones, here is what you can easily add to their plate to stimulate them, according to the book “Good food, Good Mood” by Jenny Chatenet: kiwis, zucchini, bananas, lentils , peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, fish, broccoli, maple syrup, rice …