December 10, 2013 · 10:11 pm
I never knew gut bacteria could be so valiant in defending off germs!
Recently, I watched the online video, animated by Benjamin Arthur for NPR, about gut bacteria. My favorite scene showed the “good” microbe spewing out its own antibiotics as it took on the “evil” microbes. Who knew microbes made their own antibiotics? Check out NPR.org and learn all about the human microbiome. Along with the video, there is an article worth checking out, “Gut Bacteria Might Guide The Workings Of Our Minds,” by Rob Stein written on November 18, 2013. Science is in the early stages of researching how our gut bacteria may help solve neurological problems.
Here’s a couple other articles on probiotics and brain health to check out:
- From the excerpts I’ve read of Julie Matthews’ Nourishing Hope book and blog, she seems to be a big proponent of probiotics and that it can benefit those with ADHD, autism, and other neurological conditions. Her July 16, 2013 post, “Probiotics Affect Brain Function: Research Study” is an interesting read.
If I had a lot of time, I’d love to read all articles published by Glenn R. Gibson, a leading expert on prebiotics. Prebiotics are the food our microbes eat.
The geek in me would like a copy of Handbook of Prebiotics, edited by Glenn R. Gibson and Marcel Roberfroid, for Christmas, but I’d also settle for some dark chocolate and wine (since they are considered prebiotic, of course!).
Here’s to feeding those microbes and keeping your brain happy and healthy!
Filed under Gut Brain Axis
Tagged as ADHD, Autism, Brain Health, Chris Kresser, Dr. Emily Deans, Glen Gibson, Gut flora, Human Microbiome, Illustrator Benjamin Arthur, Julie Matthews, Mental Health, NPR, Nutrition, Prebiotics, Probiotic, Rob Stein
November 2, 2013 · 10:33 pm
Perhaps you have a friend or family member on the autism spectrum?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, about 1 in 88 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/data.html
Dr. Martha Herbert, pediatric neurologist and neuroscientist at Harvard Medical School, wrote an article about autism that was published online for the Orange County Register on October 18, 2013. She wrote: “Some autism self-advocates don’t think autism is a “disorder” at all – they describe themselves as having a “condition” that is simply a different way of being human.”
Her article, “Autism challenges us to ‘think different,'” did indeed challenge me to think differently about the subject.
Here’s an excerpt from her article regarding the brain and autism that has implications for us all:
“The areas where people on the autism spectrum have the hardest time are the functions requiring the most exquisite fine-tuning of brain function. The brain requires loads of energy to fire its signals, and to coordinate them. When the brain and body are worn down by too much stress and exposures from the environment, its cells are going to have a hard time generating that energy. The most complex functions will be harder to perform. They may even be put on hold, to protect the rest of the system.
A brain with low energy is going to be challenged when the demand gets high – so finding the right words or tone, figuring out what facial expressions mean, integrating vision with sound and smell, being coordinated, paying attention or even being flexible – all of these will be hard – often too hard.
From this perspective you can see why there would be a spectrum in autism – it’s because there are a million ways of getting overloaded and running out of energy. Each person has their own unique combination of genetic weak spots and exposures that pile on top of this. Each person has their own total load recipe.” Check out the whole article here: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/spectrum-531927-autism-many.html
There is a lot to learn. I am intrigued to check out her book, The Autism Revolution: Whole Body Strategies for Making Life All It Can Be.
Anyone read it?
I hope that you are taking care of your brain so that it is not overloaded.
One thing you can do to keep your brain happy and healthy is to exercise. Try just a casual walk with a friend to reduce your stress. Your brain will be happy you did!