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Gut Bacteria May Play a Role in Alzheimer’s Disease

New research from Lund University shows that a different type of intestinal bacteria can accelerate Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers said their findings are unique in that they show a direct causal link between gut bacteria and Alzheimer’s.

The importance of your gut health for the prevention and treatment of neurological disorders cannot be overemphasized. Time and again, research is showing the link between gut health and brain health. Gut bacteria manufacture neurochemicals such as dopamine and serotonin, along with vitamins that are important for brain health.

Your body is colonized by a vast array of microorganisms that modulate every aspect of your health and physiology, and you can optimize your health by nourishing and protecting the microbes in your gut.

Besides brain health, improved gut health can even reverse type 2 diabetes! Researchers have also uncovered a direct link between the brain and the immune system, via lymphatic vessels that were not previously known to exist. Similar to blood vessels, which carry blood throughout your body, lymphatic vessels carry immune cells throughout your body.

Two key strategies to nourish and protect your microbiome are to limit your consumption of antibiotics to when they're absolutely necessary, and be judicious in terms of the foods you eat.

Ideally, opt for whole, raw organic, non-genetically modified (GM) foods, along with traditionally fermented and cultured foods. Good examples include fermented vegetables of all kinds, including sauerkraut and kimchi, kombucha (a fermented drink), and fiber-rich prebiotic foods like jicama (Mexican yam), Jerusalem artichoke, garlic and dandelion greens.
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