While our brain controls how we feel and how we deal with stress, so does our gut! Yes, OUR GUT – which is where our food goes when we eat. Our gut has bacteria that is normally there, called the Microbiome, which are unique for each person, like our own fingerprint. These gut bacteria are good for us as they communicate with our brain to help our digestion of food, but they also impact our stress-hormone levels, anxiety, depression and even our memory. This two-way communication is called the Gut-Microbiota-Brain Axis, where the gut affects the brain and the brain affects the gut through a variety of different ways. Therefore, the gut microbiome influences the development of many brain systems controlling our emotions, memory, stress, and pain levels. Let’s work on both pathways of communication.