September is World Alzheimer’s Month, so right now brain health is a subject that deserves special attention. There are things we can do to support brain health, and Edward Park from NeuroReserve is back in this episode to talk about them and the gut-brain connection.
The gut-brain connection is bi-directional. These parts of people’s bodies are connected by both the enteric nervous system and vagus nerve, which make up the autonomic nervous system. Ed shares how this two-way connection plays a part in our digestion, behaviors, and emotions.
Another thing that can influence us bi-directionally is inflammation. It drives chronic diseases, including neurodegenerative ones. Ed explains why people’s bodies are not equipped for low-grade chronic stress and inflammation that can come from these diseases. Diet is so important in fighting this type of inflammation because the food we eat has such a significant impact on the health of the gut barrier as well as the type of bacteria that thrives.
If we don’t eat well, the bad bacteria multiplies. When this happens, we become more susceptible to inflammation. This inflammation, combined with thriving bad bacteria, can result in inflammation-driven diseases like IBS, ulcerative colitis, and Alzheimer’s.
Leaning our diets towards healthy plants high in fiber and polyphenols, eating more fermented foods, and reducing our sugar intake can help support our bodies and our brains. Ed is passionate about getting ahead of these problems before they become a disease. It’s not easy to change our diets. But with the right tools and support, you can start making healthy steps forward.
Listen to the first episode with Edward Park on How To Maintain a Healthy Brain.
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