Speaking to the brain-belly connection

speaking to the brain-belly connection

After reading a good book, do you ever say, “I simply ate it up?”

Our stomachs and our brains seem to be intimately connected. When we talk about reading, ideas, or learning, we often unconsciously pepper our words with expressions that have to do with food.

For instance, we seek food for thought and we thirst for knowledge. And then there are those intellectual omnivores who devour one book after another.

Information should always be fresh and appetizing. We don’t want any reheated leftovers or stale ideas. We want interesting notions that we can really sink our teeth into.

But there is a physical limit to how much we can consume. If it’s too much at once, our heads might get stuffed full, and we won’t be able to digest and absorb the information properly. Our brains might even turn to mush.

Ideas should have a certain consistency too, or you could just end up with a word salad. And if words are used out of context, you could wonder what they have to do with the price of beans. But if they fit just right, you could say they go together like peanut butter and jelly.

So, here’s to whetting your appetite for words and bon appétit. If you think up some other sayings tying the belly and the brain, we would certainly…relish hearing them!

Find expressions related to food (and everything else) at Freedictionary.com and notable idioms on Wikipedia.

The photo by Petr Katrochvil, public domain, is located here.


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