The mind decides what we eat, how we live and if we exercise. The mind determines sickness and/or wellness. Because of the discovery of the gut-brain axis, we know the mind, brain, and gut are intimately connected. Research has pointed to the fact that the gut microbiome is an important contributor in the development of type 2 diabetes. Our brain is an insulin-sensitive organ lending to the notion that diabetes and obesity are associated with reduced brain insulin action. A poor diet, we’re told, wears out insulin receptors, shortens telomeres, changes moods, causes brain atrophy, and increases our risk for premature aging.
The sensation we have when our brain is ‘out to lunch’ is REAL and nothing could be more serious than the disrupted nature of poor nutrition, addictions, chemicals, and dyes that poison and kill brain cells. The end result is a greater chance of losing our mind! The gut microbiome is an endocrine organ. It influences stress, metabolism, reproduction, the immune system, weight, sleep, hormones, the central nervous system, brain function, and our neurotransmitters. Poor gut microbiome keeps us sick, fat, depressed, forgetful, and lethargic. How we deal with stress is directly linked to the nutritional crosstalk of our gut to our brain.
There are significant breakthroughs on why we feed the mind with excellent self-care habits, nutritional foods, rest, and positive emotions. We’re learning to recognize self-neglect and toxic exposures can steal both our memory and energy reserves.
Why is this important? Our bacteria are responsible for how we communicate, work, sleep, and feel. This means all self-care habits will affect our very survival. My father had suffered from Alzheimer’s 25 years before he was diagnosed. That means he was about 50 years old when he started losing his mind. His comfort foods included coffee, pastrami sandwiches, donuts, coke syrup, and a bowl of ice cream before bed. But truth be told, he was NEVER comforted. He was full of aggression and suffered from insomnia most of the time. He traumatized all who had the pleasure to know him. In the end, it was his lifestyle that seriously eroded his mind.
Brain Facts and the Circadian System
Insomnia is linked to a diet full of sugar, obesity, poor gut microbiome, a toxic brain, and toxic emotions. Relying on sugar from early morning until late evening is like relying on battery acid. This means weight gain and inflammation from a poor diet not only adversely changes our gut microbiome, but destroys sleep patterns, and is directly linked to obstructive sleep apnea.
Additionally, studies suggest, gluten sensitivity can be causal in sleep apnea. Sugar and wheat can be linked to depression, OCD, depleted Vitamin B12 levels, poor cognition, and low energy levels. Coming full circle, inflammatory conditions in the gut are a precursor to diabetes and Alzheimer’s. This is not such a new idea considering poor gut microbiome can change DNA, brain chemistry, behavior, and increase risk for insulin resistance and inflammation. Facts remain that the central nervous system runs on gut bacteria, and gut microbiome regulates sleep, moods and stress levels.
Melatonin and serotonin affect our gastrointestinal tract and our mind. Melatonin works best when we are exposed to natural sunlight, less stress, and less air pollution. Healthy happy hormones and neurotransmitters rely on healthy foods. This is because there’s more serotonin and melatonin in our gut than in our brains.
Serotonin regulates a wide variety of brain functions, moods, and behaviors such as circadian rhythms and assists the hormone leptin as an appetite suppressant. This means, when everything is functioning optimally, we don’t need to search for the right diet pill or drugs to boost serotonin levels.
Notably, we’ve found air pollution is notorious for increasing our chances of Alzheimer’s, confusion, accelerated brain aging, and insomnia. Air pollution includes toxic plug-ins, sprays, candles, and disinfectants. Avoid these in your household.
Stress kills, keeps us in a state of confusion, disrupts DNA and gut microbiome. Oral contraceptive use, for one, can decrease serotonin levels and increase cortisol levels. Prolonged stress and cortisol imbalances lead us into high blood sugar levels, obesity, and diabetes. Respectively, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes have a direct relationship with insomnia, dementia, and Alzheimer’s.
Studies show Levofloxacin, an antibiotic, disrupts sleep patterns. And to make matters worse, the aging process is accelerated more from antibiotic use than just growing older.
Two foods that impair neurotransmitter production are opioid peptides from dairy and wheat-related products. In dairy products, you can find growth hormones and the protein casein. In wheat, you can find Cycocel, a synthetic hormone growth regulator, and pesticides such as malathion. Hormone disruptors can lead to Alzheimer’s, insomnia, and depression. Depression can increase when taking medications that negatively affect gut microbiome and increase risk for insomnia. For instance, SSRIs, Statins, Synthroid, and Ritalin can be linked to both negative changes in blood glucose levels, and gut microbiome, and increasing insomnia too.
11 critical reasons why we need to sleep smarter
Every few seconds someone gets diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia. The bad news is Alzheimer’s is expected to quadruple by 2050. Alzheimer’s is considered a progressive decline of cognitive function.
Will you lose sleep tonight?
6- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4228144/ see also https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4609101/
15- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4360430/ and https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24743876