“New, leading-edge science from the most well-respected institutions around the world is discovering that to an extraordinary degree, brain health and, on the flip side, brain diseases, are dictated by what goes on in the gut. That’s right: what’s taking place in your intestines today is determining your risk for any number of neurological conditions…
The digestive system is intimately connected to what goes on in the brain. And perhaps the most important aspect of the gut that has everything to do with your general wellness and mental health is its internal ecology—the various microorganisms that live within it, especially the bacteria.”
~ David Perlmutter, MD from Brain Maker
David Perlmutter has quickly become one of my favorite teachers.
This is the third Note we’ve created on his books. (Check out Power Up Your Brain + Grain Brain for more goodness.)
As I mentioned in the Grain Brain intro, Perlmutter is the only medical doctor in the U.S. who is both a board certified neurologist and a member of the American College of Nutrition.
In Brain Maker, he focuses his decades of wisdom in both neurology and nutrition on the cutting-edge research that’s revealing the power of our gut microbes to heal and protect our brain.
Perlmutter gives us an introduction to the importance of the trillions (!) of friendly little microbes in our gut and then shares some simple practices we can adopt to optimize—showing us how this new science can help everything from ADHD, asthma and autism to chronic fatigue, mood disorders (including anxiety and depression), skin problems and obesity.
You can grab a copy of the book here. As with his other books, this one is packed with wisdom. I’m excited to share a few of my favorite Big Ideas so let’s jump straight in!
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