Have you noticed that debilitating brain and neurological disorders are on the rise? From children diagnosed with autism and ADHD to adults developing early onset dementia and multiple sclerosis, the statistics on these diagnoses are rapidly increasing. If you’re as concerned as I am about the future of our collective mental and physical health, this month’s sugg-jess-tion is for you.
Astonishing new research is revealing that the health of your brain is, to an extraordinary degree, dictated by the state of your microbiome – the vast population of bacterial organisms that live in your body and outnumber your own cells ten to one. What’s taking place in your gut today is determining your risk for any number of brain-related conditions tomorrow.
sugg-jess-tion #7: Brain Maker by David Perlmutter
In this fascinating book, the nation’s leading integrative neurologist, David Perlmutter, explains the potent interplay between gut health and mental health. Perlmutter describes how the microbiome develops from birth and evolves based on lifestyle choices, how it can become “sick,” and how nurturing gut health through a few easy strategies can alter your brain’s destiny for the better. With simple nutritional and environmental recommendations, and a highly practical program of six steps to improving gut ecology, Brain Maker opens the door to unprecedented brain health potential.
Perlmutter’s thesis is both interesting and surprising, since it so completely defies the conventional theories of disease development. Traditionalists beware– this book miiiiight infuriate you… But the research is certainly compelling and I hope you find it as eye-opening as I did!