The is a very significant connection between your gut and your brain. Scientists have brought this to light in recent years, but I’ve been aware of the link since I was a child. When I was young, I noticed that how I ate had a significant impact on how I felt. This really hit home when I was in my 20s and developed a very bad Candida problem. Now I’m nearly 60, but I feel amazing because both my diet and lifestyle are healthy.
The function of the gut can influence many aspects of cognitive function, including memory, the ability to put concepts together, mood, and clarity of thought.
A study published in 2016 by the American Academy of Neurology demonstrated just how much impact antibiotics can have on neurological (i.e., brain) function. In this study, a professor at Harvard reviewed information covering 70 years and involving 391 patients. In total, there were 54 antibiotics, from 12 different classes prescribed for these patients. 47% of the people included in the study developed hallucinations or delusions, 14% had seizures, 15% had involuntary muscle twitching, and 5% had a complete loss of body movements. EEGs done on the patients demonstrated abnormal brain wave patterns in 70% of cases. All these side effects were associated with the use of antibiotics.
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The results of that study don’t surprise me. After all, “antibiotics” means anti-health. Imagine what would happen if you ate healthy food and took probiotics instead of using antibiotics.
Good mental health requires several things. You need to have a low-stress life. There’s also overwhelming evidence that people eating a plant-based, Mediterranean style diet are happier, smarter, and less anxious than people who subsist on a diet of French fries, chicken nuggets, and soda pop. In my experience, improving your gut health is much more effective than psychiatric medication when it comes to cognitive function.