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In Functional Medicine, there is a heavy emphasis on gut health. A strong gut is not just essential for digesting food and absorbing nutrients, but it plays a vital role in the immune system and affects the health of the entire body. That’s why the whole body, including the brain, will suffer when the gut is out of balance. 

Our brains play a huge role in enabling us to be connected or not, and what we eat can either leverage or deplete our ability to stay focused, present, and connected with others.

According to a New York Times Article (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/28/health/microbiome-brain-behavior-dementia.html), research continues to turn up remarkable links between the microbiome and the brain. Scientists are finding evidence that microbiome may play a role not just in Alzheimer’s disease, but Parkinson’s disease, depression, schizophrenia, autism and other conditions.

Children with autism have unusual patterns of microbial species in their stool. Differences in the gut bacteria of people with a host of other brain-based conditions also have been reported.

As researchers better understand how the microbiome influences the brain, they hope doctors will be able to use it to treat psychiatric and neurological conditions. In the early 1900s, neurologists found that putting people with epilepsy on a diet low in carbohydrates and high in protein and fat sometimes reduced their seizures.

Healthy Gut, Healthy Brain

What you eat is one of the most important factors influencing your health. The foods you eat are broken down and transformed by your gut microbiome to nourish the rest of your body.

Your gut is home to trillions of bacteria and other microbes that directly communicate with your brain along the gut-brain axis, also known as the vagus nerve. We initially thought the brain was doing most of the talking in this relationship, but new gut microbiome research indicates that your microbes are quite chatty.  

Your gut microbiome communicates by creating and consuming the majority of your body’s neurotransmitters. 

In fact, a change in the composition of your gut microbes has been shown to significantly affect your mood, your pain tolerance, your cognitive performance, your behavior and your mental health.

You are what you eat – and if you aren’t eating the right foods for a healthy brain then you’re going to feel it. We’ve all experienced times where we felt as though we couldn’t access the full capacity of our brain – this can often be due to the gut-brain connection.

Everything begins and ends with the gut microbiome

When the gut ecosystem is out of balance it can cause brain fog, depression, and even dementia. 

What you eat is one of the most important factors influencing your health. The foods you eat are broken down and transformed by your gut microbiome to nourish the rest of your body.

You are what you eat. If you aren’t eating the right foods for a healthy brain then you’re going to feel it. We’ve all experienced times where we felt as though we couldn’t access the full capacity of our brain. This can often be due to the gut-brain connection. 

Your gut microbiome is unique and dynamic, so to fully understand what you’re dealing with and how to modify your microbes for better health you’ll need advice that’s specific to you. Advice that also tracks your changes over time. For more specific advice on your gut microbiome, schedule a 15 minute complimentary phone consultation with Prudhvi Karumanchi, M.D. at https:/calendly.com/drkhealthcare or call (813) 337-7535 for more information.

Dr. Prudhvi Karumanchi is Board Certified in Sleep Medicine, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics and Functional Medicine. He is a Certified Energy Mastery® Practitioner and a practicing, Emergency Medicine Board Certified Physician who takes a complete approach to your healthcare.

Photo from New York Times Article


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