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How Gut Flora Influence Brain Function - Listen & Read
The idea that microbes in the digestive tract have a powerful influence on inflammation and even on brain function is quite new. But research has shown that the bacteria in our intestines form complex ecological systems that have profound effects on our health.
We have long known that inflammation is the main driver behind many chronic health conditions from diabetes and arthritis to psoriasis and heart disease. It is even a major player in the development of AlzheimerÕs disease. But what is the source of the inflammation? The ecology of the digestive tract is critically important in this picture, and it is shaped by the food we eat.
Find out how the digestive tract talks to the brain, and what you should be eating to nourish your intestinal microbiota. Could a diet that supports a healthy microbial system reduce the severity of autism? It is time to start paying attention to how our bowel bacteria affect brain function, and how we can nudge the gut flora towards optimal health.
Guest and Author:
David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM, is a board-certified neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. He is an Associated Professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the recipient of the Linus Pauling Award.
We are offering his new book, Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your BrainÑfor Life, along with a CD of our interview with Dr. Perlmutter (Show 1002). The price is 15% less than if you purchased the book and the CD separately.