Science: Gut Feelings Really Do Stop You From Making Mistakes

If you ever get a bad feeling in the pit of your stomach, you should really take heed, finds a new study. Neuroscientist Dr. Linda Rinaman, with Florida State University, says the gut and brain are constantly communicating via the vagus nerve, and writes in the study that the gut-to-brain (or “gut feelings”) signals are a “powerful influence on emotions, mood, and decisions” and are often in response to worrisome or threatening stimuli and events. These feelings can prompt us to evaluate a situation or avoid it altogether, and can push us to avoid dangerous situations by cutting off the reward systems in the brain. Study data also revealed that your diet can have a major impact on the quality of your gut’s signals potentially impacting mood or behavior.