Digestive Intelligence: A Holistic View of Your Second Brain.pdf
The work of professionals like Dr Matveikova is essential... showing us what we have chosen to ignore and encouraging us to embark on a healthier lifestyle leading to a real sensation of wellbeing and vital hygiene. -- Joana Bonet Marie Claire, Spain I highly recommend Dr Irina Matveikova as a prominent expert in all aspects of nutrition, beauty and health. I count her among the top and most serious international experts in the field of nutrition. -- Irene San Segundo Glamour Irina's treatment is progressive, logical, easy to understand and naturally-based but it requires the patient to put in the same spark of optimism and confidence that Dr Matveikova gives out. Through my experience with Irina, I have been able to reach a better level of aligning my mental and physical energy levels. As Hippocrates advised us (back in 460 A. C.) "your food should be your medicine and your medicine should be your food." Dr Irina is wise and pays attention to the classics in her field and, therefore, many of us are now benefitting from her extraordinary knowledge. - Jose Antonio Zarzalejos, journalist and lawyer; ex-director of El Correo and ABC newspapers in Spain
Dr. Irina Matveikova is licensed in Medicine, Endocrinology and Clinical Nutrition by the University of Minsk (Belarus). She is also a certified expert in Eating Disorders Behaviour. She is the author of numerous articles concerning digestive health and nutrition in well-respected international medical journals and magazines and has also written a dictionary of medicinal plants (in five languages).
Acknowledgements Foreword by Yuyi Beringola Preface I. Your second brain Curious facts about evolution Out of control Staying healthy and looking after yourself with complementary medicine is back in fashion Two-way emotional influence The enormous hidden potential of your stomach The digestive brain concept in Eastern philosophies II. The virtues of the digestive system Are we hollow? Digestive emotions The T-bone steak and its journey Is there such a think as a 'delicate' digestion? III. Emotion and digestion. Irritable bowel syndrome Alternative treatments Dietetic advice Some practical hints IV. A social taboo V. The stomach A short history Anatomical and physicological cirtues The 'witch's brew' Emotions and the stomach Stomach problems and complementary medicine VI. The small intestine: a football pitch in your innards Strange names Where does your cholesterol come from? The intelligent 'customs' service Leaky gut and what it leads to VII. The colon and toxaemia This is not a rubbish bag The journey through your gut may be complicated Intestinal polyps Brain activities and intestinal health Auto-intoxication is a result of intestinal toxoaemia VIII. Constipation. The ever-present shadow Personality and constipation What is constipation? The treatment Laxatives Alternative advice Colon hydrotherapy IX. Colon Hydrotherapy (CH): the MOT test for the body History of internal cleansing CH nowadays Colonic irrigation method The MOT test for your body CH: General indications CH: General contraindications CH and chronic disease CH as an emotional link X. Intestinal microflora: Myths and truths What do we mean by intestinal microflora? A whole world in our gut How intestinal microflora is formed Bacteria and their 'social classes' Why are intestinal flora and their 'good'bacteria so essential and important in our lives? How do I know if my stomach had 'good' or 'bad' bacteria? XI. Gastro-oesophagal reflux Why do I have reflux? Obesity, overweight, pregnancy, constipation, gases, flatulence What increases stomach acidity? XII. The liver and the gall bladder What causes bile retention and gall bladder problems? Cleansing and draining the liver XIII. Ageing and digestion Cellular ageing Ageing is reversible How to start your anti-ageing treatment Metabolic age XIV. Breathing and digestion Final comments Bibliography
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.