Brain-Gut Connection

Basics

Wellness and Prevention

Overview

Researchers have found a connection between the gut and the brain. By studying the brain-gut connection, medical researchers have discovered a fascinating link between the brain and the enteric nervous system, a “secondary brain” located in the gut.

Learning more about the complex role of the enteric nervous system can help doctors understand how gastrointestinal symptoms are affected by the brain, and vice versa. This helps provide valuable information on how digestion, mood, health and thinking patterns are interconnected. 

Further research into the brain-gut connection could lead to improved communications between the brain and the enteric nervous system. It could also lead to more effective treatments of common physical and psychological conditions.