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 email@example.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!