Stress Response & The Enteric Nervous System

The basic functional units of the nervous system that transmit messages are nerve cells called neurons. Signals travel through a neuron as electrical impulses. Neurons release chemical substances, known as neurotransmitters, to transmit information to other neurons, to muscles, or to glands.

The enteric nervous system consists of more neurons than in the spinal cord or peripheral nervous system!

The entire gut is lined by a network of neurons embedded in the walls of our

  • esophagus

  • stomach

  • intestines

  • rectum

  • colon

Which means our digestive health is deeply allied with our mental emotional health. Your stress response is significant to your gut and brain health.

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