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Enteric Nervous System

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.”


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…


Human Beings have an Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) that is actually comprised of three separate subsystems, the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS), the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) and the Enteric Nervous System (ENS). The enteric nervous system has been described as a "second brain," which communicates with the central nervous system (CNS) through the parasympathetic (e.g., …


There is an often overlooked super highway of neurons that exist inside your stomach. Recent studies have attributed this "second brain" to everything.

from Broken Brain - Brilliant Mind

Beyond the “skull-based brain”

Aprendiz de Iogue: Entendendo mais nosso segundo cérebro: o intestino!

The emerging and surprising view of how the enteric nervous system in our bellies goes far beyond just processing the food we eat


Enteric Nervous System: The Brain-In-The-Gut (Paperback)