The abdominal brain
What is the abdominal brain?
Did you know that you have a ‘brain’ with 100 million neurons wrapped around your intestine?
The enteric nervous system, also known as the abdominal brain, controls the intestine and makes it possible for the food we have eaten to be transformed, without us even thinking about it.
Its nerve cells are directly implanted in the intestinal wall.
Did you know that, at the end of the 19th century, two British scientists, called Bayliss and Starling, showed that the intestine’s nerve cells allow it to function without the help of the brain?