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Kombucha and Kimchi: How Probiotics and Prebiotics Can Improve Brain Function

Kombucha and Kimchi: How Probiotics and Prebiotics Can Improve Brain Function


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Discover the mind-gut connection, and boost your mood with the kings of gut-healthy fermented foods—kombucha and kimchi!

Did you know you can fight Alzheimer's, Parkinson’s, MS, ADHD, autism, anxiety, depression, stress, chronic pain, and more with what you eat? The discovery of the gut-brain-axis is quickly emerging as the most exciting health concept in decades. Mounting evidence has shown that gut bacteria aren't just good for a healthy immune system or maintaining our weight—they're also good for the brain!

In this groundbreaking book, Soki Choi takes us through the microbiotic revolution and the latest breakthroughs in gut-brain research that show how intestinal flora shapes neural development and brain biochemistry. Combining the latest science—presented in accessible, layman terms—with practical tips on how to eat, Choi also shares twenty of her best recipes for kombucha and kimchi, the fermented foods packed with good gut bacteria.

Follow your gut, treat food as medicine, and indulge in kombucha and kimchi to nourish your brain!

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ISBN-13: 9781510759992
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 06/01/2021
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 821,996
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Soki Choi, Med Dr, PhD, is a social entrepreneur and an internationally awarded system researcher from Karolinska Institute. She has conducted research and lectured worldwide, spoken at TED Talks on future healthcare, and hosted TV shows with Nobel Prize–winners and brain researchers. Dr. Choi has also been named one of Sweden's most powerful business women and was featured on a cover story in Forbes magazine. Dr. Choi lives in Sweden.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The start of a new era 8

Chapter 1 The microbiotic revolution 10

The brilliance of evolution 11

Bacteria's bad reputation 14

The discovery of a new organ 15

A closer look at gut bacteria 16

Gut bacteria, inflammation, and the immune system 23

Gut flora-from the cradle to the grave 27

Chapter 2 The dialogue between the gut and brain 30

The gut-brain axis 31

Gut bacteria are crucial for your brain 33

A lifelong symbiosis 37

The gut, its bacteria, and your emotions 38

How your gut bacteria talk to your brain 40

The journey of bacteria through the immune system 47

Chapter 3 The role of gut bacteria in our mental health and more 52

The dark epidemic of our time 53

The role of gut bacteria in stress, anxiety, and depression 54

The role of gut bacteria in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's 62

The role of gut bacteria in autism and ADHD 69

Chapter 4 Let food be your medicine 78

Food takes to the medical stage 79

Historical offenses against our gut flora 79

Eat your way to a stronger brain 90

The future of medicine 100

Your bacterial guide to a stronger brain 104

Additional advice on psyehobiotics 106

Chapter 5 Kimchi and kombucha 112

Korea's favorite health food 113

Kimchi-the new superfood 113

Making kimchi 116

Kombucha-a bubbly probiotic 123

Making kombucha 125

Chapter 6 My favorite recipes 136

Epilogue: The health revolution begins with you 172

Glossary 174

References 177

Index 202

Thank You… 205

Conversion Charts 206

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