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Your brain is connected to every part of your body, so what is so special about the connection between your gut and your brain?
Well, it turns out that your gut enjoys a particularly intimate relationship with your brain, compared to the other important organs in your body, so much so, that the gut has been called your ‘second brain’ or the little brain.
While your brain contains about 100 billion neurones (nerve cells), your gut contains about 500 million neurones, which is impressive, given that your heart has only 40,000 neurones and your kidneys have about 1 million each.
an information superhighway that transfers information between the gut and the brain