• Illustration of the connection between the gut and the brain

Having the guts for a healthy brain

It’s no longer up for debate; the brain-gut axis is a real thing.
Meaning that changes in your intestines cause changes in your brain, and vice-versa.
Let that sink in for a second… there are other species, living in and on your body (you are the host!), that send signals to your brain… a human-microbe hybrid?

“Feed Your Second Brain– There’s a reason your gut is considered your second brain. Intestinal problems increase inflammation—that low-level fire that destroys your organs—and increases your risk for depression, worry, chronic pain and poor cognitive health. To balance your gut health, eat fermented foods or take a high-quality probiotic supplement.”Dr. Daniel Amen

Here are 3 #healthhack tips to improve your brain health along with your digestion. And remember, a healthy brain means faster recall, better memory capacity, facilitated learning along with a positive outlook on life regardless of age.

1)Fermented foods
Look for non-pasteurized, naturally fermented and/or cultured foods such as sourkrout, pickled vegetables, vinegar, dark chocolate, kombucha, yogurt*, kefir, kimchi, miso, etc. If you’re motivated enough, ferment yourself! HINT: fresh fermented products with active live bacteria are usually refrigerated.
* look out for sugar bombs masked as probiotic yogurts like this!

2) Probiotics
Look for a non-dairy probiotic blend produced from all natural sources and designed to mimic the normal flora of the human digestive tract. You may want to consider a combination product with probiotics and enzymes for upper-digestive issues such as acid reflux, burping and bloating. These enzymes also aid with the breakdown of complex proteins such as gluten (wheat) and casein (dairy).

3) Omega-3’s
This marine oil is made up of 2 subparts: EPA and DHA. These molecules increase the number of dendritic spines and synapses in the hippocampus, the area of the brain involved in memory. DHA also increases neurotransmission as a result of increasing the number of synapses in certain areas of the brain.

Basically, these nutrients give your brain some great building blocks to work with!

Keep it real folks and thanks for reading.

Paul

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