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August 9, 2012

Listen to your gut

Have you ever been trying to make a decision and are torn between two different options? Do you make a logical choice or "go with your gut?" Researchers have actually discovered that when our "gut" tells us to do something, we should listen to it, because our brain and our gut are connected. Scientists call the gut the second brain, because the brain sends stress hormones to our gut to get our quick attention. We can lose our appetite, get a stomachache, become nauseous, be aware of a threat and more. Your gut is smart; pay attention to it.

There are many expressions that are linked to our guts. Here are just a few, see how many you regularly use. Gut instinct, gut reaction, gut check, have guts, intestinal fortitude, gut feeling, my gut is talking to me, bust a gut, it takes guts, and so on. My gut "talks" to me regularly, how about yours?

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