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How to keep your brain healthy. It's a subject that desperately needs attention and is the mission of the drperlmutter.com blog. Categories are listed to the right and lead to empowering information on topics such as maintaining brain health and improving memory through a gluten free diet. We update this information as soon as it becomes available so check back often!

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Antibiotics – You Need to Know This

Antibiotics play an important role in medicine. Without a doubt, they can be absolutely life-saving. However, our own CDC tells us that about 30% of antibiotics used in America are used inappropriately or unnecessarily. That said, we are all generally familiar with the consequences of antibiotic abuse, including the creation of antibiotic-resistant organisms, as well as changes that can happen to the gut microbiota.

But there’s a new discovery with reference antibiotics that is turning out to be very important. We as physicians have always been trained to believe that antibiotics, while affecting bacteria, have no effect on the cells of the human body. We are now learning that this may not be the case. As you will see in the video, new research is demonstrating that antibiotics may have a dramatic effect in terms of damaging mitochondria, the energy-producing organelles that live within our cells. When we recognize that problems with mitochondrial function underlie many of our degenerative conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, the idea that commonly-used antibiotics might threaten mitochondrial function becomes quite important.

Gut Bacteria Change Your Brain

I’m very excited to bring you this research study from my friend Dr. Emeran Mayer. It’s a very intriguing report that demonstrates not only how changes in the gut bacteria correlate with irritable bowel syndrome, but, in addition, how these changes in the gut bacteria correlate with the size of various brain areas.

In addition, the authors were able to correlate how the changes observed in the gut bacteria actually linked to early life trauma. This seemingly connected the dots between early life trauma and the observed differences in brain morphology.

I understand this may sound complicated, but hopefully the video will make this more understandable.

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Understanding Headaches

Headaches are becoming all the more common in our society, and the impacts of this ailment are becoming all the more clear, from decreased workplace productivity to general adverse health effects.

The problem with headaches, as they’re treated nowadays, is we only focus on treating the pain once it has started. Rarely do we aggressively target what is causing the headaches to prevent them in the future. That’s why we need to look at lifestyle changes. Here are some things I want you to consider as you figure out how to avoid suffering from headaches.

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Try The Shape Up Weight Loss Challenge!

You may remember that earlier in the summer of 2017 I launched the Shape Up for Summer Weight Loss Challenge with CBN. Well, now that we’re all wrapped up and in the final tally is in, I’m excited to share that, together, we’ve managed to shed 11,800 pounds. That’s as much as a semi-trailer, and in just 8 weeks. All this achieved by following the guidelines of The Grain Brain Whole Life Plan.

If you didn’t get a chance to be a part of our initial challenge, or you want to give it another shot, you can go back at any time and start your own 8-week program. If you do, be sure to let me know your results!

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Yes, A Magic Bullet for Your Brain

I have spoken at length about the importance of exercise for increasing the gene expression of BDNF, a protein that increases the growth of new brain cells. As previously mentioned, research has shown that people with higher levels of BDNF are at a lower risk of developing dementia.

In this new study, exercise in people age 50 or over is demonstrated to have significant effects on cognition. The report is a meta-analysis, meaning a review of other research publications (in this case, 39 studies). It’s a comprehensive look at how exercise impacts the brain!

Diet Drinks Threaten the Brain

The message that we should all dramatically reduce our sugar consumption is really gaining traction and for good reason. This was a central theme of Grain Brain, and these ideas have certainly been validated since I published that book back in 2013.

Unfortunately, as people have learned about the threats of sugar consumption, soft drink manufacturers have decided to emphasize sugar-free beverages, sweetened with artificial sweeteners, as a “healthy” alternative. To be clear, nothing is further from the truth.

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