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Digestive Intelligence : A Holistic View of Your Second Brain
by M.D. Irina Matveikova


Overview - Digestive Intelligence tells the fascinating story of how our digestive systems are the centre of our bodies' second brain and how we think and live our emotions via our stomachs. Not surprising when you consider there is something equivalent to the size of a village football pitch hiding inside our bellies - that's the incredible magnitude of our digestive systems.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Digestive Intelligence tells the fascinating story of how our digestive systems are the centre of our bodies' second brain and how we think and live our emotions via our stomachs. Not surprising when you consider there is something equivalent to the size of a village football pitch hiding inside our bellies - that's the incredible magnitude of our digestive systems. Dr Matveikova answers the obvious questions: "How?" and "Why can this be so?" by explaining, in straight forward layman's language, that the digestive system contains more than one million neurones, identical to those in the brain and is responsible for producing 90% of the body's hormone, serotonin, the all-important hormone which makes us feel happy and full of wellbeing. It follows that, if our stomach is "out of sorts" we feel irritable and lacking in energy; and those feelings block our intellectual productivity, disorientate us and completely change our thought patterns and physical processes.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781844096435
  • ISBN-10: 1844096432
  • Publisher: Findhorn Press
  • Publish Date: July 2014
  • Page Count: 175
  • Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.66 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Medical > Gastroenterology
Books > Health & Fitness > Diseases - Gastrointestinal
Books > Self-Help > Eating Disorders & Body Image

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-05-19
  • Reviewer: Staff

Based in Madrid, Matveikova is a family medicine physician who specializes in endocrinology and clinical nutrition, with expertise in eating disorders. Here, she takes readers on a tour of the digestive system, emphasizing that the intestine (or gut) acts as a “second brain” that produces neurotransmitters and hormones. According to the author, the two brains “engage, talk, sabotage, or reinforce each other,” and emotions often manifest as digestive disorders. In detailed and accessible fashion, Matveikova covers the stomach, small intestine, colon, liver, and gallbladder, addressing topics such as constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, and gastro esophageal reflex disease (GERD). Matveikova favors a holistic, integrative approach, viewing allopathic treatments combined with complementary modalities as “the medicine of the future.” A proponent of colonic hydrotherapy, she discusses the procedure and its benefits. She includes historical tidbits, as well as anecdotes from her life and practice to give character to a potentially dull subject. Readers may find that the author’s enthusiasm for her topic is contagious. Agent: Elizabeth Wiggins, Elizabeth Wiggins Literary Agency (Spain). (June)

 
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