Here is the full transcript of nutritionist Ruairi Robertson’s TEDx Talk presentation: How Your Belly Controls Your Brain at TEDxFulbrightSantaMonica conference.
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Ruairi Robertson – Author at Authority Nutrition
Imagine this: You have just won $10 million in the lottery. Congratulations.
You have just eaten the most delicious, warm, chocolate brownie that has ever been baked.
You have just had sex.
And you have just done all three at the same time. Congratulations to you, too.
In these situations, our brains produce chemicals called neurotransmitters which give us these great feelings of energy, excitement and happiness. And without such chemicals inside of us, we wouldn’t feel such emotions during such pleasant circumstances.
So instead, imagine this: You’ve just been fired. You’re about to sit an exam. You have depression. In these situations, our brains, instead, produce different chemicals, making us feel stressed and anxious.
The highs and lows of life are controlled by our emotions and these chemicals in our brains. This vital organ inside all of us that controls everything that we feel, think and do. However, as a biologist, I’ve always found it strange to comprehend that every feeling, thought, and action that we have is controlled by a three-pound, soggy lump of cells inside of our heads, until I discovered that this might not be the case.