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How Does Gut Health Affect the Brain?

How Does Gut Health Affect the Brain?

A Healthy Gut Makes A Healthy Brain

The relationship between intestinal health and overall good health –including a healthy brain – is receiving a great deal of attention these days. Your intestines are brimming with bacteria, which play a role in a wide range of your body’s functions.

Maintaining healthy gut bacteria may help you avoid excess inflammation and limit the activity of free radicals, highly reactive molecules in your body that can cause cell damage.

Inflammation and cellular decay are thought to be important factors in aging and in the vulnerability of your body – and your brain – to illness and dysfunction.

The idea behind books like David Perlmutter’s Brain Maker (Little, Brown and Company, 2015) and other gut-focused books and programs is that by eating to promote healthy intestinal bacteria, you can protect your brain from degeneration.

What does gut-friendly eating look like? It favors prebiotic, probiotic and fermented foods, all of which promote healthy gut bacteria. It avoids sugar and processed foods, which can promote unwanted bacteria and inflammation. Many of these diets strongly urge avoiding carbohydrates and gluten, however, for people who do not experience sensitivity or allergy to these foods, there is nutritional value in whole grains and complex carbs.

There’s a lot to recommend in these eating strategies (such as consuming plenty of prebiotic- and probiotic-rich foods) but as with any eating program, it’s important to keep a sense of balance.

Written by Tiffani Bachus and Erin Macdonald for Clean Eating Magazine and legally licensed through the Matcha publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@getmatcha.com.

Featured image provided by Polina Zimmerman

A Healthy Gut with MariGold

Many MariGold products contain prebiotics in the form of Chicory Root Fiber. Chicory root is high in inulin, a prebiotic fiber, which can provide a host of digestive and general health benefits.

The chicory root fiber we use is from non-GMO chicory grown and processed in The Netherlands.

In fact, our #1 selling bar, Pure Joy, is rich in this prebiotic food along with many of our other flavors. Be sure to check out our Nutritional Information to see what’s in every bar!

Keto Pecans MariGold Bars Snacks Grass-Fed Ghee
Keto Pecans | 4 oz Bag
$5.95 available on subscription
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2 thoughts on “How Does Gut Health Affect the Brain?”

  1. Richard R Boyle

    I’m trying to go as low-lectin or lectin free as I can (LONG history of fussy lower GI)…a challenge, as many lectin heavy foods are, well, “yummy” and difficult to avoid. Nonetheless, it’s a choice I make, and I have found that MariGold’s “Ginger–Coconut” bars are now my FAVE! WOW, are they ever dee-lish, chewy-soft, and FULL of both ginger and coconut; a VERY satisfying way to get good protein, great flavor, and NO lectins! So, GC’s are a great way for me to “feed the crave” for a snack, but not have any “regrets” afterward. Thanks, MariGold Team!

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