Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain-for Life

Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain-for Life

by David Perlmutter MD
Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain-for Life

Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain-for Life

by David Perlmutter MD



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The bestselling author of Grain Brain uncovers the powerful role of gut bacteria in determining your brain's destiny.

Debilitating 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: Astonishing new research is revealing that the health of your brain is, 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 is determining your risk for any number of brain-related conditions.

In Brain Maker, 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 can alter your brain's destiny for the better. With simple dietary recommendations and a highly practical program of six steps to improving gut ecology, Brain Maker opens the door to unprecedented brain health potential.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316380089
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 04/28/2015
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: eBook
Sales rank: 548,181
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

David Perlmutter, MD, is a board-certified neurologist and a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. He was the recipient of the Linus Pauling Award for his innovative approaches to neurological disorders. With his books now published in twenty-seven languages, Dr. Perlmutter is setting new standards for what healthy lifestyle means around the world.

He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Grain Brain, The Grain Brain Cookbook, and Brain Maker, as well as The Better Brain Book and Raise a Smarter Child by Kindergarten. He lives in Naples, Florida.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Bug Alert: You've Got Company 3

Gut Check: What Are Your Risk Factors? 15

Part I Getting to Know Your Hundred Trillion Friends

Chapter 1 Welcome Aboard: Your Microbial Friends from Birth to Death 21

Chapter 2 Belly and Brain on Fire; The New Science of Inflammation 43

Chapter 3 Is Your Belly Depressed? Why Angry Guts Make for Moody and Anxious Minds 71

Chapter 4 How Your Intestinal Flora Can Make You Fat and Brainsick: The Surprising Links Between Your Gut's Bacteria and Appetite, Obesity and the Brain 96

Chapter 5 Autism and the Gut: On the Frontiers of Brain Medicine 116

Part II Trouble in Bugville

Chapter 6 Punched in the Gut: The Truth about Fructose and Gluten 143

Chapter 7 Bust a Gut: Common Exposures That Make a Good Microbiome Go Bad 155

Part III Brain Maker Rehab

Chapter 8 Feeding Your Microbiome: Six Essential Keys to Boosting Your Brain by Boosting Your Gut 179

Chapter 9 Go Pro: The Guide to Supplements 202

Chapter 10 The Brain Maker 7-Day Meal Plan: Eat Your Way to a Healthier Brain 217

Epilogue: What the Future Holds 265

Acknowledgments 279

Notes 281

Index 305

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