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    How Your “Second Brain” Influences Your Mood

    You know those nervous “butterflies” you get on a first date or that sinking feeling after you’ve opened an unexpected bill? That’s a communication occurring on a pathway from the gut to the brain through a nerve called the vagus. Scientists are discovering this pathway has a surprising level of influence on our thoughts and emotions. The gut – also called the gastrointestinal tract – is a 30-foot organ system that runs from your mouth to your rear end. About 500 million neurons line the walls of your gut. That’s more neurons than your spinal cord and your peripheral nervous system, which is why the gut is often called “the…