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Our Second Brain

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The intestines have their own nervous system, the ENS (enteric nervous system), which has over 500 million neurons. Scientists are investigating how ENS nerve cells communicate with brain neurons through the ‘gut-brain axis’. The latest research shows the actions of ENS neurons are affected by events in the gut environment, including the activities of bacteria …

Understanding the relationship between your mind health & your gut. (Just been reading about new scientific trials in this area - watch this space?!!)

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Did you know you have 2 brains? “The Enteric Nervous System (ENS or gut) is analogous to a microcomputer with its own independent software, whereas the brain is like a larger mainframe.”

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Your gut brain doesn't share its supply of serotonin with your cranial brain, but it does influence the cranial brain by stimulating the vagus nerve. This nerve descends from cranial brainstem through the neck to the abdomen, allowing for two-way talk between the gut & cranial brains.The gut is the chatty one, sending up 9 nerve impulses for every 1 it receives in return. Even with all this checking in, the enteric nervous system in the gut can operate largely independently of the cranial…

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The vagus nerve is known as the "wandering nerve" because it has multiple branches that diverge from two thick stems rooted in the cerebellum and brainstem that wander to the lowest viscera of our abdomen touching our hearts and most major organs along the way. Vagus means "wandering" in Latin. It meanders all the way down, into the belly, spreading fibers to the tongue, pharynx, vocal chords, lungs, heart, stomach, intestines and glands that produce anti-stress enzymes and hormones.

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The Brain-Gut Connection: How Gut Bacteria May Treat Depression

We humans have a second brain. Come to think of it, men have three. The second one, called our enteric nervous system, consists of some 100 million neurons that are embedded in the walls of the long tube of our gut, which starts at the esophagus and ends at the anus. It measures approximately nine

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How 'Psychobiotics' Use Gut Bacteria To Treat Mental Illness

Gut/Brain Axis. Targeting the gut could create a new class of psychiatric treatments. Anything that exerts a psychological effect, mediated by the microbiome, is potentially a psychobiotic. This can incl things that have negative effect on gut flora like antibiotics, anti-depressants & anti-psychotics. Pathways incl enteric nervous system (a part of the nervous system located within

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