You Are What You Eat — How Gut Bacteria Affect Brain Health

Dr Galland

Yes. You are what you eat.  But how?

We are excited to share with you the revolutionary insights from Dr. Leo Galland, a world leader in integrated medicine, on how your gut bacteria affect your brain health.

In “The Gut Microbiome and the Brain”, Dr. Leo Galland,

Director of the Foundation for Integrated Medicine, presents the most up to date understanding of the relationship between the proteins produced by intestinal bacteria and the human central nervous system.

The many ways gut bacteria can impact normal brain activity and development, affect sleep and stress responses, play a role in a variety of diseases, and be modified through diet for therapeutic use are described in a comprehensive Review article in Journal of Medicinal Food, a peer-reviewed journal.

Dr. Galland explores the various mechanisms through which the microbiome can influence the brain: by stimulating and over-stimulating the immune system, producing neurotoxic agents, releasing hormones or neurotransmitters identical to those made by the human body, or through direct neuronal stimulation that sends signals to the brain.

“The microbiome has become a hot topic in many branches of medicine, from immune and inflammatory diseases, such as Crohn’s and IBD to cardiovascular diseases,” says Co-Editor-in-Chief Sampath Parthasarathy, MBA, PhD, Florida Hospital Chair in Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Central Florida, Orlando. “Scientists are not only aware of the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’ microbes in the gut but are becoming increasingly aware of how they could alter the metabolism beyond gut.”

Reference:

The Gut Microbiome and the Brain,” Leo Galland, Journal of Medicinal Food 17 Issue 12 December 2014, 17(12): 1261-1272. doi:10.1089/jmf.2014.7000.

 

 

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