Brain Lives On Gut Supply

Autism, ADD, Depression Root There Too

Brain lives off guts - HealthylivinG magazine

Brain lives off guts - HealthylivinG magazine

In a UCLA School of Medicine study last year Dr Kirsten Tillisch and her team shook things up with their research, suggesting that a diet rich in probiotics is also connected with improved brain function. “Our findings indicate that some of the contents of yogurt may actually change the way our brain responds to the environment,” she said. The study was rooted in the association of gut bacteria having an impact on mood and temperament. “Time and time again, we hear from patients that they never felt depressed or anxious until they started experiencing problems with their gut. Our study shows that the gut-brain connection is a two way street. The suspicion that our gut is sending brain signals has been a core element in probiotic research for a long time.”

Autism And Bacteria

From work by Sarkis K. Mazmanian, PhD, at the California Institute of Technology, in Pasadena, it appears gut bacteria influence autism symptoms. That the good gut bacteria crowd out the bad may be why, in their absence, antibacterial treatment improves autism symptoms, says the researcher. Dr Mazmanian used mouse models to evaluate the effect of bacteria on autism-like features. Bacteria used against environmentally induced and two genetic models could prevent or reduce autism-like behavior in the research mice. Dr Mazmanian said: “Traditional research has studied autism as a genetic disorder and a disorder of the brain, but our work shows that gut bacteria may contribute to ASDlike symptoms in ways that were previously unappreciated.”

Allergies, Cholesterol, Obesity

When Russian scientist and Nobel Laureate Élie Metchnikoff discovered the power of living microorganisms now known as probiotics, you can bet he grasped the magnitude of their impact almost a century later. These friendly bacteria fight everything from allergies, cholesterol, obesity, irritable bowel syndrome, traveler’s syndrome, flu and even autism. Probiotics are organisms such as bacteria or yeast that are needed in the digestive tract to assimilate nutrients and that produce compounds the body needs for immunity, detoxification and cognition. Modern producers have taken probiotics one step further to culture whole food bases that contain chlorella, barley, wheat grass, deep dark berries and leafy greens. The aim is to have the bacteria act on these to produce new antioxidant enzymes and peptides to help with absorption, detoxification and neurological function.

Probiotics March

Growth in international sales is expected with expansion of concentrated whole raw food dietary supplements. A 50% increase over the next five years is in the pipeline, aiming at an over $4 billion annual target. Whole raw foods and their respective supplements come without harmful side effects. “The bottom line is, good probiotics are harmless, which is not something you can say about most interventions,” says Dr Glenn Gibson, professor of microbiology at the University of Reading, UK.

Gut As The Center Of Life

Jordan Rubin, the discoverer of whole food probiotics, in the 1990s on his own personal journey on the road to recovery, tells us how these cultures took him from the brink of death with Crohn’s disease. Rubin discovered the gut is the center of life, responsible for digestion and production of immune cells and enzymes. He believed that fermented foods saved him from surgery. He used probiotic cultures that became the basis of the whole food probiotic category. Today, he continues to practice dietary guidelines loaded with fermented foods from his ranch in West Plains, Missouri.

Brain Gut Axis

Research at the University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy, led by Dr Flavia Indrio, found that probiotics lower health costs if administered early in life. The study examined more than 500 newborns who were randomized and given either a probiotic supplement containing Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 17938 bacteria or a placebo. Within three months, the results were evident that those using the probiotic supplements had better gastrointestinal health and no adverse effects.

“Driving a change of colonization during the first weeks of life through giving lactobacilli may promote an improvement in intestinal permeability; visceral sensitivity and mast cell density and probiotic administration may represent a new strategy for preventing these conditions, at least in predisposed children,” said Dr Indrio. Commonly known to aid in digestion, these good bacteria are continuing to impress scientists with their unexpected contributions to the stability of body and mind.

Fermented Foods And Life Span

Dr Metchnikoff studied the longest lived peoples who consumed fermented, foods. He learned that these ferments were associated with longevity. Eventually he believed aging is accelerated by toxic bacteria and he drank sour milk every day. His last studies looked at life extension properties of a specific strain of lactobacillus bacteria, which inspired the Japanese scientist Minoru Shirota to look at the relationship of bacteria to gut intelligence and to develop kefir for the worldwide market. Metchnikoff’s work birthed the current whole food probiotic category by inspiring fans of raw who wanted a less processed, earthier approach to supplements.

To find a product, look for a whole food supplement, certified organic, raw and never processed above 118 degrees F, where the entire whole food base is precultivated with probiotics.

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