The brain in the belly
Thursday, December 10, 2015
I read an interesting article about our gut having a brain that leads us and guides us. You know, the saying, "I just had a gut feeling" or " I feel it in my gut" whenever we make some decision based upon what we call intuition, that inner voice.
It was from the psychology of eating facebookpage. Unfortunately, when I tried to find it this morning it only linked back to the free videos they offer.
Here is a quote about the brain in our belly:
"Rather than the one brain found in our head, scientists have revealed that we have two brains – the other one is located in the digestive tract. Known as the enteric nervous system (ENS), the gut’s brain or the brain in the belly is housed under the mucosal lining and between the muscular layers of the esophagus, the stomach, and the small and large intestines. The enteric nervous system is a rich and complicated network of neurons and neurochemicals that sense and control events in other parts of the body, including the brain. Amazingly, when scientists finally counted the number of nerve cells in the gut-brain, they found it contained over one hundred million neurons – more than the number of nerve cells in the spinal chord. The implication here is that we’re talking about a huge source of potentially untapped intelligence. What’s fascinating to note is that researchers have observed a greater flow of neural traffic from the ENS to the head-brain than from the head-brain to the ENS. In other words, rather than the head informing the digestive system what to eat and how to metabolize, the locus of command is stationed in the belly."
Now, doesn't that put a new twist on things.
Their Facebook page is called: The Institute for the Psychology of Eating