THREE quarters of Brits are willing to rely on gut instinct when making big life decisions – like buying a house or changing jobs, a new study has found.
Researchers found that a large percentage of adults believe that the method of decision making has proved successful more often than not.
Researchers say that gut health is often overlookedCredit: Getty – Contributor
Gifts to buy for loved ones (25 per cent), where to go on holiday (25 per cent), and whether to visit the doctors (22 per cent) were among the most common scenarios where adults used their gut.
Meanwhile, a significant percentage depended on a hunch when weighing up whether to leave their job and deciding if they should accept a wedding proposal.
The new research has been used in conjunction with several tests carried out by gut health product provider Biotiful.
According to the research, more than a quarter of the 2,000 adults polled were “unaware” of the benefits of gut health despite “relying on it” for decisions.
Biotiful Founder Natasha Bowes said: “The adage ‘gut instinct’ is familiar to all of us and there is growing evidence suggesting the gut truly is our ‘second brain’.
“If we all listen to our guts regularly, we need to make sure they are the healthiest that they can be.”
The study also found 71 per cent believe they tend to make better decisions when they don’t think about them too much.
Three in ten even say they’ve increasingly depended on their instincts as they’ve got older – becoming more knowledgeable with age and experience.
But 46 per cent admitted prioritising their gut feelings over “rational decision” as a further 31 per cent revealed they turn to it in a life-or-death scenario.
However, despite its critical functionality, 78 per cent don’t know the benefits of ‘good’ bacteria on their gut, according to one Poll figures.
Biotiful added that the properties of “good’ bacteria” – that supports immune function and helps control inflammation – was found to be overlooked.