The Digesting Brain
Our brain is the most important organ in our body. Every thought and action we have is controlled by our brain. This includes our sleep, digestion, memories, movement and more.
Research now knows that we can rebuild our brain with the foods we put in our gut. We can change its function and structure throughout our entire life. For instance, if we are obese, we can have smaller brains, as said by Dr. Daniel Amen. Alcoholics tend to have smaller brains than non-alcoholics and Antipsychotics are documented as being linked to brain shrinkage as well as killing brain cells.
When we are balanced and fit we have a balanced brain. When we invite health into our gut we do the same to the brain. If we have a sedentary lifestyle, our brain will suffer. You gotta use it – or you can lose it!
“The brain directly communicates with the stomach and intestines (which is what we call the gastrointestinal system) through the vagus nerve.” (1)
If we experience inflammation in our body it is also in our brain. Our gut and brain work in tandem, each influencing the other. High Blood Sugar, Diabetes, refined sugar, alcohol, gluten, excitotoxins, caffeine and more, play a causative role in inflammation which disrupts our cholesterol levels and appears to significantly increase the risk of dementia.
Inflammation & toxins. “Interactions of many genes & the way they interact with our toxic environment is said to be the cause of Alzheimer’s. Chemicals can change genes on and off. The E4 gene for Alzheimer’s is also linked to unbalanced cholesterol (due to an inflammatory diet listed above.) This leads us down the road to an acid pH. Currently, this is called mitochondria damage from oxidative stress caused by poor diet, inflammation and hormone imbalance.” (2)
What can be TOXIC to our brain health?
*Many of us may be addicted to dairy without knowing why. “In 1981, Eli Hazum and his colleagues at Wellcome Research Laboratories in Research Triangle Park, N.C., reported a remarkable discovery. Analyzing samples of cow’s milk, they found traces of a chemical that looked very much like morphine. They put it to one chemical test after another. And finally, they arrived at the conclusion that, in fact it is morphine.” Morphine may not be good for your brain! (7)
*Our endocrine system has a job of keeping our hormones in balance. It also communicates with our nervous system. Hormones have a direct effect on neurotransmitters. (14) Ingesting toxic foods can disrupt this delicate balance. Recumbent Bovine Growth Hormone is a hormone found in foods such as dairy and meat products, that may not be good for our endocrine, digestive and nervous system.(8)
*”Dyes in our foods can hurt the brain. Take for example Blue dye # 2. This dye is known to cause “statistically significant incidence of tumor” particularly brain tumors in rats.” Dyes have also been linked to ADD. We consume it in candies, colored beverages, cereals, sodas, snow cones and more, plus it is in our pets hard and soft food. (9)
*“In 1998, a fluoride study published in Brain Research reported damage to rat kidneys and brain at very low doses. One group of rats was given aluminum-fluoride (AlF3) and another, sodium fluoride (NaF). In both cases amyloid deposits were found in the rat brains. Amyloid deposits are tangles in the brain and are associated with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia.” (10) Fluoride can increase brain fog, autoimmune disorders and brain neuron misfiring. Fluoride an excitotoxin can be found in our dentist office, medications, drinking water, juice, wine, toothpaste, mouthwash, teas and pesticides that are sprayed on our fruits and vegetables. (11)
What can hurt the brain besides diet?
Stressful experiences heavily influence resilience and vulnerability to stress in the brain. There is a neuroendocrine relationship. Scientists believe people exposed to chronic stress tend to have elevated levels of cortisol. High cortisol levels are dangerous to the brain and damages the lining of our gut and raises our blood sugar levels. Sugar, and gluten can also raise cortisol levels and disrupt cholesterol levels. (3)
Lack of sleep damages brain function and can lead to Alzheimer’s.
Toxic metals such as Mercury in foods and Dental fillings can harm the brain.
“Drug-induced effects of antidepressants vary widely from sedation and cognitive impairment to agitation. Plus, there is no evidence that shows antidepressants or any other drugs produce long-term elevation of mood or other effects that are particularly useful in treating depression. We suggest that the term “antidepressant” should be abandoned.”(4) “Antidepressants can cause unwanted weight gain and change our perception in life. Serotonin plays an important role in sleep, appetite, memory, aggression, sexual behavior, cardiovascular activity, respiratory activity, motor output, sensory and neuroendocrine function, but most important, perception!”
The Pineal Gland is a magneto-sensitive organ and what that means is -it is sensitive to electromagnetic fields (EMF). It is sensitive to electromagnetic waves from computer monitors, cellular phones, microwave ovens, high voltage lines, etc.. Electromagnetic fields suppress the activity of the Pineal Gland and reduce melatonin production. EMF’s and a high sugar diet destroys serotonin. Since 1988, the serotonin hype brought us several SSRI-AntiDepressants all stimulating this neurotransmitter. (12)
BPA’s that are found in canned foods are a synthetic estrogen. These disrupt the hormone system and have been linked to serious health problems such as early puberty, brain and heart disorders, prostate and breast cancer. (13)
4 Simple Steps to upgrade our brain.
1-Stimulate our brain. Make sure you’re actively problem-solving and having to use your memory. Just as physical activity keeps your body strong, mental activity keeps your mind sharp and agile. The more we think, the better our brains function.
2-A healthy body really does mean a healthy mind. In the last decade it became clear that regular exercise beneficially affects brain function. Exercise boosts brain power by stimulating formation of new brain cells (neurons), the process known as neurogenesis. And exercise strengthens connections between those cells. Researchers have found the areas of the brain that are stimulated through exercise are associated with memory and learning. (5)
3-If you continue to learn and challenge yourself, your brain continues to grow. Research has demonstrated that learning over time enhances memory and the survival of new brain cells. An active brain produces new connections between nerve cells that allow cells to communicate with one another. This helps our brain store and retrieve information more easily, no matter what our age.
4– Turn out the lights and get a good nights sleep!
Toxins are everywhere, but we can decrease the load. We can influence our genes by avoiding toxins and choosing healthy foods & thoughts. Every bite we take and every thought we think.. can and will make a simple change to our brain function!
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