Gut Health Parkinson’s Disease
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Gut Health Parkinson’s Disease. If you’ve been reading my posts for a while hopefully you caught the one on the 2nd brain. You mean we actually have a second brain? Well, no but due to some breakthrough research the gut is being called the second brain. This is due to the fact that the gut has its own nervous system. In fact, it’s called the Enteric Nervous System or ENS. Because of this, supporting health digestive function may be the key to supporting healthy neurological function. This may be helpful for those of you suffering from neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease.
Did you know that Parkinson’s Disease affects over ten million people worldwide? This lifestyle limiting disease is due to a lack of dopamine. The medical solution is an artificial chemical called L-Dopa. L-Dopa is a smaller molecule than Dopamine. As a result it’s not a perfect match for the dopamine receptors in the brain, so it can only help so much. So why don’t we just give them dopamine? The problem is that this chemical is too large to cross the blood brain barrier. So if you take it, it will never make it to the dopamine receptors in the brain.
Some Break Through Findings
Fortunately for us, scientists from the California Institute of Technology performed some amazing research. Their goal was to find a relationship between gut microbes and digestive function in subjects with Parkinson’s disease. What they discovered was astonishing. Patients with Parkinson’s disease often suffer from digestive problems. The most common is constipation which often precedes movement problems. In fact these problems show up years before any movement symptoms.
Moreover, there is evidence showing gut microbes can influence neuronal development, cognitive abilities, anxiety, depression, and autism.
Don’t Take the Antiquated Approach
So I know what you’re thinking. Just start popping some probiotics and that should help, right? And you may be right. However, if don’t already have a healthy probiotic population in your gut it means the environment isn’t right. So instead of throwing the old pop and pray mentality at it, wouldn’t it be better to support a healthy habitat in the gut? That way the probiotics can survive and replicate on their own.
What you can do Today
So what can I do to ensure a healthy Gut Brain Axis? Eat lots of fiber from fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid processed foods. Get your carbohydrates from fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid whole grains (unless they are properly soaked), refined carbohydrates and dairy.
If you need more help supporting healthy gut and brain function, give us a call and set up a consultation. We will take the time to sit down and talk with you about your suffering. We will even do some preliminary testing to determine if you are a good candidate for care. If you’re not, we will make every effort to find an appropriate referral.
After many years of clinical practice, Dr. Marrone has forged a remarkable career as a practitioner, educator and lecturer. His extensive knowledge of functional enzyme nutrition has made him a much sought after practitioner. If you are suffering from health problems that nobody seems to have the answer to, or are sick and tired of the revolving door approach of modern medicine, give Dr. Marrone a call to set up a consultation.