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What is the relationship between the stomach and the brain?

The brain controls our entire body via the many neurons throughout our body. The stomach is related to the brain because throughout our gastrointestinal tract there are neurons from the brain that initiate digestion. The stomach being a part of the gastrointestinal tract (mouth to anus) is unique in that there is the enteric nervous system which is a specialized nervous system that specifically controls digestion and the movement of food through our bodies.

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