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Think Twice: The Gut’s “Second Brain”

By on July 16, 2014
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Did you know you have two brains? Really, one in your head and one in your gut. In fact you have over 100 million neurons in your gut, and while this is a fraction of the 100 million neurons in your brain, your belly is still smarter than a mouse in sheer computing power. These neurons control the digestive process but also have a major impact on mood, imagine butterflies in your stomach, or some event leaving a sour taste in your mouth. Read more in this article from Scientific American

Think Twice: The Gut’s “Second Brain”

As Olympians go for the gold in Vancouver, even the steeliest are likely to experience that familiar feeling of “butterflies” in the stomach. Underlying this sensation is an often-overlooked network of neurons lining our guts that is so extensive some scientists have nicknamed it our “second brain”. A deeper understanding of this mass of neural tissue, filled with important neurotransmitters, is revealing that it does much more than merely handle digestion or inflict the occasional nervous pang. The little brain in our innards, in connection with the big one in our skulls, partly determines our mental state and plays key roles in certain diseases throughout the body. Via scientificamerican.com

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