How do the foods we eat effect our brain Health?

Here is some more proof on you are what you eat.  According to a recent article published in Journal of Medicinal Food, the hundred trillion bacteria living in the intestines have a tremendous impact on behavior and brain health.  These impacts are also seen in how we sleep, respond to stress and also play a role in many diseases.  I think it’s pretty obvious where I am going with this.  Change your diet and hence your lifestyle, and you can pretty much change your life.  I know it’s a lot easier said than done, and it’s something that I struggle with every day.

My issue is that I have a love affair with food and that love affair with the taste of food is like a young adult boy finding out that he likes a girl for the first time in his life.  Ok, I might be a little overdramatic with this situation, but there are moments when that Hagen Das ice cream is my BFF.  It’s that first spoonful of ice cream that goes in my mouth when I am truly lost in that moment. I might be even be hearing some music like maybe Louis Armstrong singing “What a wonderful World.”  Sigh… It is at that moment that reality strikes.

The health professional in my head speaks to me reminding me what I am also eating has an impact on my metabolism which means how quickly or slowly I can lose weight.  I slowly put the spoon down and put the pint of ice cream back in the freezer.  One small victory for my belly and a huge victory my gut biome.

If you need a more hands-on approach to understanding what gut issues might be occurring because of your current diet, you can always call my office for an appointment.  I would be more than happy to sit down and discuss how your diet may be impacting your everyday life.

Dr. Shah, MD

 

Sources:

Liebert, Mary Ann. “You are what you eat – how gut bacteria affect brain health.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 23 Jan. 2015. Web.
4 Feb. 2015. <http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/288423.php>