Could Your Symptoms Be Leaky Brain?

“Biology gives you a brain. Life turns it into a mind.” ~ Jeffrey Eugenides

There is evidence that your brain has sprung a leak.

Leaks in the body aren’t new. Think of bleeding. Think of incontinence. Think of diarrhea. There is also something called leaky gut. That’s when the inner lining of your intestine looses its ability to protect you from toxins. Note that all of these “leaks” are pathological.

But your brain, that amazing organ inside your head can also leak. How?

You might not know that your brain has a protective layer around it. It’s called the blood-brain barrier. It’s function is to protect your brain from toxins.

But if that barrier becomes compromised, bad things can happen. Among them:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Brain fog
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Parkinson’s
  • Dementia
  • MS
  • Autism
  • Seizures

What do these all have in common? Inflammation. And you can probably list many more diseases associated with inflamed tissues. How about cancer and diabetes? And don’t forget heart disease.

There are many ways to reduce inflammation. Eating better for one. Exercise helps as well.

But there is also a way to reduce inflammation you might not have considered. It’s by improving the health of your gut.

Your gut? Yes. Your gut health directly affects your brain. It does this in several ways.

First, if the inner lining of your digestive tract is leaky, toxins can circulate in your blood causing inflammation. This lining is called the mucosal barrier. And inflammation can compromise your blood brain barrier.

Second, when healthy, your mucosal barrier allows in the right nutrients to nourish your body. When it is leaky, then these nutrients have to compete with other, less healthy substances.

Third, the balance of healthy bacteria in your gut does many things. When it is good, it controls inflammation. When it isn’t, inflammation has a greater chance to take hold. The bad bacteria release toxic substances into the blood. If there are enough of these, they can overwhelm your body’s ability to fight them off.

This last part – the healthy vs. unhealthy bacteria – is a big deal. The average body has 10 times more bacteria than human cells. This is normal. But when the bad bacteria overwhelm the system, disease results.

How do the bad bacteria take over? The biggest cause is antibiotic use.

Now don’t get me wrong… antibiotics are amazing drugs. The problem is they have been over-used. And in many cases, they are used incorrectly. For example, some doctors give antibiotics when someone has a viral infection. Since they do nothing to fight viruses, this is useless.

And even if you get antibiotics, you should immediately do things to restore healthy gut bacteria as soon as you stop taking them.

The take-away from this is that your gut health has a lot to do with your mental abilities. And your emotional state.

There are specific ways to correct these gut problems. I recommend you seek out a doctor trained in Functional Medicine to get to the bottom of this.

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

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