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Your Gut - Your Second Brain?


Healthy Gut - Healthy Brain, David Perlmutter, MD

It’s not news that we are what we eat, but that old adage is gaining momentum as the medical field understands more about how our gut (our digestive system) affects our health and well-being.

Did you know that your microbiome (intestinal organisms) can affect your mood? How clearly you think? Even your libido? Research is studying whether a dysfunctional microbiome might actually be the cause of anxiety, headaches, and a person’s negative perception of life.

According to neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter, the “second brain” (the neurons in the gut) “regulates muscle function, immune cells, and hormones, but also manufactures an estimated 80 to 90 percent of serotonin (the “feel-good” neurotransmitter).” Meaning that the gut brain manufactures more serotonin than the head brain. This has caused the medical field to consider whether dietary changes are as important, or more, than using drugs.

These new studies on how gut health affects brain health have generated interest in what we eat, and how dietary changes can improve overall health, and brain health in particular. One focus of the medical community is on probiotics, and how those friendly bacteria may affect a body’s well-being. Not only may probiotics help with digestion, they may help hundreds of genes work positively, fighting disease, lowering blood pressure, and boosting the immune system.

Here are five suggestions for improving your gut health through health eating from Dr. David Perlmutter in his book, Brain Maker. Consult your physician before making dietary changes.

1-Add probiotics to your diet. Probiotic-rich foods include yogurt (containing live cultures), kimchi, pickles, and sauerkraut.

2-Go easy on carbs but utilize good fats. Keeping blood sugar balanced can keep the bacteria in your gut in balance. Focus on a fiber rich diet (whole vegetables and fruits), and fats such as butter, olive oil, and nuts and seeds. Limit processed sugar which can cause inflammation.

3-Celebrate with chocolate, coffee, and wine. In moderation, of course. Dark chocolate has been scientifically proven to have health benefits. Coffee includes anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Red wine (1-2 glasses per day) can help reduce inflammation and intestinal permeability. Also on the “good” list are green and black teas.

4-Include prebiotics with your probiotics. Consuming prebiotic-rich foods such as raw garlic, cooked and raw onions, leeks, and jicama may reduce inflammation and promote a sense of fullness.

5-Drink water but filter it first. Chlorine and environmental toxins can disturb and disrupt the microbiome. A simple household filter (that is changed regularly) will do. Also, use reusable water bottles (stainless steel or glass) instead of plastic.

Maintaining a health gut will not only make you feel and function better, it will have a positive impact on your brain and help maintain overall better health.

Diane's Story

There is a saying that all disease begins in the gut. After suffering from pimples, dermatitis, eczema, constipation, sudden nausea after eating eggs (my daily breakfast), inflammation in my hands and feet and then getting shingles, I knew something was wrong with my immune system. I needed help.

Knowing that if I went to a tradition doctor or dermatologist they would only treat the symptoms and not the root cause, I decided to seek the help from a Naturopathic Physician (ND). An ND is educated the same as a traditional physician, but also focuses on holistic and nontoxic approaches to healing with emphasis on disease prevention and wellness.

After meeting with the ND, I learned my issues were all due to leaky gut—my gut had more bad bacteria than good. I went on a 21-day detox diet, eliminating dairy, gluten, corn, and soy. I was also put on supplements and a probiotic to improve my gut health. It didn’t take long before all the things I suffered from started to disappear. It was obvious I could no longer eat some of the foods I loved if I wanted to stay healthy.

It’s been three years since I made the changes to my diet. It hasn’t been easy but, I know it's the only way I can continue to feel good and stay healthy. And I feel great!

For questions, comments or additional information contact:
Diane Dandron
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Our contributing writer is Stacy Monson. She has contributed to local and national publications on a variety of topics from healthy living to dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. She is also a published fiction author. Stacy released her first novel in the Chain of Lakes series, Shattered Image in April 2015. Her second novel in the series, Dance of Grace released in October 2015. Get your copies today at Amazon.

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