Beans, beans, the magical fruitPerhaps this ditty holds a deeper truth.
The more we eat, the more we toot.
The more we toot, the better we feel.
So we eat beans at every meal.
Two autonomous nervous systems
It is commonly accepted that the human body houses two autonomous nervous systems. There is the central nervous system that houses our self-awareness. And there is our digestive system.
The two nervous systems communicate with each other but neither one bothers to inform our self-awareness of the fact.
It reminds me of Jim Schleben, the best Area Manager I ever worked for. Area Managers are like the barons of feudal times. They bow to the king. But in the absence of the king they are preeminent within their own domain.
Jim had friends in low places.
He drank coffee with off-shifters, loading dock guys, electricians and pipefitters with nicknames like "Griz" and "Tiny", production guys with nicknames like "Melon Head" and "Animal". These were the guys tasked with running the bowels of the plant. When managers focus on managing-by-objective, the first place problems will become apparent is where "nobody" is looking. Nobody "important" on the org chart, that is.
Mr. Schleben graciously listened to those who worked in the bowels of his plant. As a result, Mr Schleben was nearly omniscient. Another benefit was that Mr. Schleben trained those guys to keep their eyes open for the first signs of impending chaos so they would have something to talk about over coffee.
Back to the human body
Much of the heavy lifting of the human digestive system is done by microbes. "Us" is not just Homo sapiens cells. The mutterings and rumblings of our digestive system are dominated by the chemicals generated by the biosphere within us. Those chemicals trigger reactions that impact our moods and our energy levels.
It is entirely probable that the key to a smoothly running body is to eat sufficient fiber. Fiber being defined as anything we put in our mouth that our digestive system cannot breakdown entirely on its own.
We get more of what we subsidize
It is not enough to eat kimchi and yogurt. You can stock all of the Koala and Panda bears you want into Eaton County, Michigan but they will fail if there are no Eucalyptus trees and Bamboo for them to eat.
The bacteria in your gut wants cell walls and hemi-cellulose (fruits and vegetables), maltodextrin (malt based beverages), pectins and polysaccharides (fruits and beans).
So eat all of the cabbage and magical fruit you want. Drink malt based beverages in moderation. And toot to your hearts content. Tooting is the music of a happy gut, the music of a happy person.