Research suggests a new connection between gut and brain

Multiple scientific research has found that there is a deep intimate connection between the gut and brain. The scientists also call the gut ‘the second brain.’

The connection between the gut and the brain is so evident that they sometimes seem like one and the same. New research suggests that the health of the gut influences the overall health of an individual.

There is growing evidence that diseases like Parkinson’s, autism, multiple sclerosis and dementia have a connection between the gut and brain.

study showed that men who have constipation problems are four times more prone to develop Parkinson’s disease.

Many mothers have healed their autistic children by healing the gut of their children with detoxification and cleansing the gut. This proves that the brain and gut intimately connected.

The enteric nervous system (ENS) is the nervous system of the gut. This nervous system sends signals to the spinal cord and the brain. The signals contain messages of what is happening in the gut.

If the gut is in good health, the signals are positive, thus creating positive moods and well-being in the person. If gut health is not optimum, the signals are negative, creating various health problems.

The vagus nerve, which is an essential part of the enteric nervous system (ENS) plays a vital role in conveying information about the intestines’ to the brain.

Majority of the Serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that regulates mood is present in the gut.

Why is the gut so special?

Nick Spencer, the senior author of the new study and a professor at the university’s College of Medicine and Public Health, has been studying the gut closely.

The gut has its own nervous system, which can function independently from the brain and spinal cord. Spencer believes that if we understand how the gut controls other organs in the body, it can lead to new breakthroughs about various diseases and their treatment.

In one study, Prof Spencer focused on the viscerofugal neurons. These neurons provide a pathway for the gut, so it can sense what is going on inside the gut wall and then transmit this sensory information to the brain and spinal cord.

This transmitted information influences our decisions, mood and well-being. (1)