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Your Gut

Your second brain

Your gut is now considered to be your second brain. A two-way connection exists between the gut and the brain through a complex network of neurons, hormones and neurotransmitters.

Exciting new developments in the field of neurology show that the brain can regenerate by growing new cells (neurogenesis) and make new connections (neuroplasticity). This is particularly relevant with the increasing rates of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s in western societies.

A brain-healthy diet overlaps directly with a gut healthy diet. A rich diverse whole food plant-based diet contains phytonutrients that is one of many factors influencing gene expression and the vitality of the brain.

The state of your gut health modulates the immune system to either promote or worsen the health of brain cells. Certain bacteria within the gut produce compounds that can pass through the blood-brain barrier and impact the brain. What you eat, and how you look after your gut health determines the functionality and perhaps even the destiny of your brain.

“The way you think and feel – and in turn how you experience and respond to the world around you – is highly influenced by the health of your gut and that is a direct reflection of your food choices.”

                   — Dr. David Perlmutter “Brain Wash”

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