Enteric Nervous System (ENS), Second Brain, Belly Brain + The Gut-Brain Axis — for Health & Wellness Coaches, Yoga Therapists, Yoga Teachers, Holistic Healthcare Providers

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we explore the enteric nervous system (ENS), also known as the second brain, plus the gut-brain axis.


Be familiar with the enteric nervous system (ENS), paying particular attention to its relationship to the gut, brain and mood, and the significance and functioning of the gut-brain axis.


Describe the form and function of the enteric nervous system (ENS), its connection to the brain, why it’s called a “second brain” and its relationship to serotonin. Describe the gut-brain axis, including connections to the microbiome and vagus nerve. Explain the research-backed significance of the relationship between intestinal/digestive health and mental health.


enteric nervous system (ENS), belly brain, gut, gut-brain axis, second brain

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