The brain and the gut, we can’t stop the connection. It’s an amazing connection. Look how many sayings or quotations you may have heard regarding the digestive system. He hasn’t got the guts to do that. I’ve had a gut wrenching experience. So many people associate the gut also with emotions. For example, think about a time when you felt very angry or very upset. You probably couldn’t eat. Thinking about when you had to give a presentation. You had to stand up in front of a group of people to give a talk. How did your tummy feel? Was it a bit sick or nauseous? Maybe.
The connection is massive. In fact, scientists are now believing that there are even more neuro connections in all mode of productions in the small bowel than there actually are in the brain. So in some sense, the small intestine controls the brain to a very large extent. This puts a whole new meaning to eating and thinking, doesn’t it? Eating and brain function. Whatever goes in here and affects this, it’s going to very much affect that.
Maybe that could be part of the reason why so many people have got such a hard time in life. They can’t think properly, they can’t remember things properly, because they’re not really getting not just the good connections but they’re just not getting the associated nutrition that the gut really needs to produce these hormones for things to act properly.
I read a very interesting study published in November, 2017 and it was all about Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, memory loss and the gut function. It concludes basically saying here that microbial colonization of the gut plays a key role in postnatal development and maturation of immune endocrine and even neural, like the nervous system. These processes are key factors underpinning central nervous system signaling. How the central nervous system talks, the brain and the spinal cord, how all the nerves all work together, a huge big role in this whole association is the microbes in the gut. Because they pull a whole lot of information together.
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Indeed, understanding the gut microbiota isn’t important in relationship to inflammation and metabolic diseases that have a direct relationship to the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. What that basically means in English is that trying to understand that the key role that these bacteria play and the microbiome play will be something that will really help us to accelerate our knowledge and understanding of how the brain functions; and moreover, how cognition functions.
This will be a very important step in order to take preventative measures as early diagnosis, identification of new therapeutic targets and developments of novel drugs. They always talk about drugs, these guys, eh? Thus, the modulation of gut microbiota by probiotics or directly targeting gut microbiota enzymes may be growing an area for functional food industries with the goal of decreasing the widespread growth of adiposity, obesity, insulin resistance, and also Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Science is now starting to understand that by looking at very specific probiotics and enzyme combinations, they can actually improve the gut function, which in turn will improve those neuro connections with the brain and allow a person to keep good memory and glycogonin function as they get older. What concerns me is so many elderly people take medications. Not just one, two, sometimes a handful of drugs once or twice a day. How’s all that garbage in your gut going to affect how you think? It just can’t be right. Anyway, it’s your call, it’s your body. I won’t be taking that stuff.