When you talk about brain health you have to talk about your digestion. It’s never fun to look at our way of eating and well, let’s just call it…pooping. It’s amazing how connected the two are and I am going to share with you why.
We all have had a “Gut feeling.” To ignore that feeling has brought many of us to a place of confusion and pain. The gut is where our health begins. It is where our food is broken down with the help of stomach acids, digestive enzymes and bile. When it is doing it’s job correctly it absorbs the molecules we need through a one-cell thick barrier that keeps us properly nourished. It also blocks and neutralizes the toxins and chemicals found in our modern diet. It needs bacteria to do the work. (Roughly three pounds worth!) When the bacteria is properly balanced it keeps your immune system strong. The job of the GALT tissue is to protect us from illness. Our guts is also our second brain. It actually has a mind of it’s own called the Enteric Nervous system. 95% of the body’s serotonin level is produced by the gut nervous system. The other fascinating part of our gut is that every class of neurotransmitters found in the brain is also found in the gut. It comes from the same embryonic tissue as the brain. It is connected to the big brain via the autonomic nervous system as well as the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems nerves. Yet it acts independent of the big Brain.
There are many things in the gut that cause problems in the brain.
Fermentation from sugar and starches like breads and cookies and cereals can create toxic levels of ammonia. (Ever smelled that in your urine?)
Partially digested proteins interfere with normal brain function. (Ever spilled protein in you urine?) A simple urine test can show you.
Unfriendly bacteria and bugs like yeast (Candida) can produce brain toxins
In other words in this toxic world of pesticides and herbicides and GMO foods and plants, your gut is talking to your brain!
What to do?
Lets start simple. Clean up your food sources. Don’t buy from Wal-Mart or Costco unless it is organic. Eat whole fresh foods that are lightly steamed. Take a probiotic foods and supplements. Treat food allergies or avoid anything you crave. (Normally a response of addiction and toxicity) There is an amino acid called L’ glutamine which helps to heal the gut lining. Take a digestive enzyme with every meal. Monitor your urine with a urine analysis test for sugars and proteins. Begin to take Omega 3, Vitamin B’s and D. Meditate and try to stay calm and at peace. Don’t let a cookie boss you around. Take control of your eating, don’t let your eating control you. A calm mind and a calm stomach go hand in hand. Try to eat in peace and bless your food. All of these tips matter.
Eat organic. Speak up about the right to know what is in our foods.
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