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How Gut Health Can Support Brain Inflammation

While we all know that good nutrition plays a role in every aspect of your health, gut health also plays an important role in your overall well-being as well. Gut health is due to what is known as the gut’s ‘biome’; that is, the bacterial creatures that populate your gut help to make you who you are. 

The biome (mass of living organisms in your intestines) is responsible for how you feel, think, and for what you crave.

“Gut health” refers to the number of healthy bacteria present in your gut. Or, it refers to what type of bacteria are in your intestines. The type of bacteria is dependent upon your stress levels, diet, and lifestyle along with your environment. A healthy gut efficiently breaks down food, absorbs nutrients quickly, and can have far-reaching effects on your overall health.

The human gut is more interconnected with multiple aspects of your health than previously thought. It has been found to contribute to a strong and healthy immune system, cardiovascular health, healthy sleep, and even brain health. The microbiome of the intestine produces neurotransmitters to which the brain responds.

Today, we’re going to talk about how a healthy gut can have a big impact on your brain health – by helping reduce inflammation.

Study Results

In a 2018 animal study, rats were injected with anti-inflammatory bacteria once a week for three weeks to study its effect on their brain – especially in relation to stress, anxiety, and inflammation.

The test subjects were found to have higher levels of the anti-inflammatory protein interleukin-4 in a region of the brain that deals with anxiety and fear response. Il-4 is a T-cell-derived-cytokine that is critical to higher brain functions such as learning and memory.

The results of this study indicated that this type of bacteria directly relieved inflammation in at least one part of the brain by increasing the available amounts of this particular cytokine.

This means that a healthy dose of probiotics can directly impact your brain health – reducing inflammation, relieving stress, and providing a stabilizing effect. Probiotics can be made naturally with good pre-biotics. Pre-biotics are simply diet and supplements.

How You Can Improve Your Brain Health

Making sure you have a balanced diet is the first way you can improve gut health. Our PEA Multivitamin is a great option for a high-potency source of essential vitamins and minerals. 

It also contains PEA, which your body naturally produces to relieve inflammation and promote healing in the brain and body.

Having a diet high in antioxidants is important for ensuring brain health as well. When there is an imbalance in free radicals (which can damage your cells, producing something called “oxidative stress”) and antioxidants (which neutralize free radicals,) this causes oxidation or oxidative stress throughout your body and brain.

Our Tart Cherry Extract supplement is made with a simple ingredient – extracted tart cherry – so you can get a standard dose of plant-based antioxidants without the added sugar of cherry juice. 

Tart cherries are naturally antioxidant, which helps give your body what it needs to neutralize free radicals, reduce inflammation, clear brain fog, and boost mental clarity.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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