Did you know your stomach and your brain are connected. I know we think of our brains as the “higher” functioning part of our bodies and the intestines as “down there,” but like it or not they are closely connected.
Your intestine is your “other brain.” Who knew? You actually have a network of nerves surrounding your intestine. They produce large amounts of “brain chemicals” called neurotransmitters. Fully 90% of your serotonin (the chemical that keeps your mood happy) is made in the intestine. Eating the wrong foods sends the wrong messages to your brain.
Grains, especially wheat, via their gluten component, send harmful messages to the brain. Gluten does what its name says. It’s glue. It increases the elasticity of the dough for your bread. Not only do grains put you in a bad mood, they harm your memory. I know it’s a new concept, but you can actually improve your memory and lower your risk of Alzheimer’s with what you eat.
Studies done on patients with celiac disease (an extreme form of gluten intolerance) show a higher incidence of dementia and at a younger age than the general population. So we can see in this group of people the damaging effect of wheat and gluten. However, you don’t have be an extreme case for gluten to do damage. The most concerning part of this whole thing is that most people with brain and neurological problems due to gluten don’t have intestinal symptoms to tip off doctors that this might be gluten.
The lesson from this: Dementia and memory loss are not a normal part of aging. They are the result of an accumulation of behaviors on our brains. These are well within your control to change by changing your diet, exercise, and taking the right supplements for Brain Health. Click here to see the Brain Health Supplement Suite.