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A Healthy Gut Makes a Healthy Brain

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A Healthy Gut Makes a Healthy Brain

“What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” according to the adage.  But the same sentiment cannot be applied to your health.  Seemingly unrelated parts of your body can be intimately connected.  When it comes to your health it is more accurately reflected as “what happens in your bowels determines the health of your brain.”  Sounds crazy but it’s true.  Here are two reasons why your digestive health plays an enormous role in your brain health.

1. You are what you eat, according to the old adage.  But, I think “you are what you digest, absorb and assimilate” is an important addition to the saying.  After all, what you eat, digest, absorb and assimilate will become the building blocks of every cell in your body, including those in your brain.  If the digestion process is impaired, your body will lack adequate building blocks to maintain healthy brain and nervous system cells.

2. Research is showing that the gastrointestinal tract (GI) plays a huge part in your body’s immune response. It is one of the main determinants of the levels of inflammation in your body, and whether your body will attack healthy tissue.

Over 100,000,000,000,000 bacteria of more than 400 different species reside in your intestines.  Actually, there are more microorganisms found in your digestive tract than there are cells in your body.  Most of these bacteria reside in the large intestine, which is also known as the colon.  We tend to become alarmed at the very thought of bacteria residing in our bodies, but these bacteria are an important part of our health.  They help ensure that food is adequately broken down, nutrients are synthesized and absorbed, toxins are not absorbed into the blood, harmful bacteria stay in check, and that the immune system is healthy.  These beneficial bacteria are also known as flora, microflora, or probiotics (the opposite of antibiotics).

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 15-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme Cure. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

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11:20AM PDT on Aug 5, 2013

Good info. Thanks!

3:24AM PDT on Jul 9, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

11:42PM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

Thanks.

3:52PM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

thanks

5:42AM PST on Mar 6, 2013

muito bom o artigo, vou utilizar as dicas no dia a dia!

8:00AM PDT on Nov 2, 2012

Good, noted. Thanks for sharing.

6:47PM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

I was so amazed by this information I had to read it twice. Just to let folks know, aside from the BILLIONS of probiotics and helpful bacteria you get in yogurt and supplements, In 1 TBSP. of saurkraut you get TRILLIONS of benificial bacteria. Also with Kimchee.

3:09AM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

That's why I make my own "live" sauerkraut, plus it's the easiest way to get here.

3:21PM PDT on Oct 16, 2012

Thanks for share!!!

1:49PM PDT on Oct 16, 2012

Thanks for this article. Have been sneaking a pro-biotic pill in with my dad's vitamins and he's doing better, so I think this may be the reason.

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