|aBrain maker |bthe power of gut microbes to heal and protect your brain -- for life |cby David Perlmutter ; with Kristin Loberg.
|aNew York, NY |bLittle, Brown and Company|c2015.
|aviii, 310 p. |bill. |c25 cm.
|aIncludes bibliographical references (p. -304) and index.
|aBug alert: You've got company -- Gut check: What are your risk factors? -- Getting to know your hundred trillion friends. Welcome aboard: Your microbial friends, from birth to death ; Belly and brain on fire: The new science of inflammation ; Is your belly depressed?: Why angry guts make for moody and anxious minds ; How your intestinal flora can make you fat and brainsick: The surprising links between your gut's bacteria and appetite, obesity, and the brain ; Autism and the gut: On the frontiers of brain medicine -- Trouble in Bugville. Punched in the gut: The truth about fructose and gluten ; Bust a gut: Common exposures that make a good microbiome go bad -- Brain maker rehab. Feeding your microbiome: Six essential keys to boosting your brain by boosting your gut ; Go pro: The guide to supplements ; The brain maker 7-day meal plan: Eat your way to a healthier brain -- Why the future holds.
|aDebilitating brain disorders are on the rise -- from children diagnosed with autism and ADHD to adults developing dementia at younger ages than ever before. But a medical revolution is underway that can solve this problem: New research indicates that the health of your brain may be, to an extraordinary degree, dictated by the state of your microbiome -- the vast population of organisms that live in your body and outnumber your own cells ten to one. What's taking place in your intestines today may determine your risk for any number of brain-related conditions. Dr. Perlmutter explains the potent interplay between intestinal microbes and the brain, describing how the microbiome develops from birth and evolves based on lifestyle choices, how it can become "sick," and how nurturing gut health through a few easy strategies may alter your brain's destiny for the better.