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.” www.softskillssuccesscoaching.com
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…
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.
Think Twice: How the Gut's "Second Brain" Influences Mood and Well-Being The emerging and surprising view of how the enteric nervous system in our bellies goes far beyond just processing the food we eat
SIBO may be happening in your small intestine but in many cases it is specifically a motility problem and thus tied to the enteric nervous system in the gut. The most common cause of SIBO is actually an auto-immune … Continue reading →