Monday, January 21, 2013

Gut as Second Brain

"Really the gut and the brain are part of one unified central nervous system, and you can think of the gut as just a big nervous system tissue, and some people even consider it to be the second brain, and the scientific term for that is the enteric nervous system. A large percentage of the output, I think it’s over 80% of the output, of the brain goes into the pontomedullary area, which in turn goes into the vagus nerve, and the vagus nerve innervates the entire digestive tract and influences things like hydrochloric acid secretion, pancreatic enzyme production, and intestinal motility."

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