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Fri Dec 7, 2018, 11:36 PM

A New Connection between the Gut and the Brain

Holy Crap! The Rump Might Be On To Something!

It is well known that a high salt diet leads to high blood pressure, a risk factor for an array of health problems, including heart disease and stroke. But over the last decade, studies across human populations have reported the association between salt intake and stroke irrespective of high blood pressure and risk of heart disease, suggesting a missing link between salt intake and brain health.

Interestingly, there is a growing body of work showing that there is communication between the gut and brain, now commonly dubbed the gut–brain axis. The disruption of the gut–brain axis contributes to a diverse range of diseases, including Parkinson’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome. Consequently, the developing field of gut–brain axis research is rapidly growing and evolving. Five years ago, a couple of studies showed that high salt intake leads to profound immune changes in the gut, resulting in increased vulnerability of the brain to autoimmunity—when the immune system attacks its own healthy cells and tissues by mistake, suggesting that perhaps the gut can communicate with the brain via immune signaling.

Now, new research shows another connection: immune signals sent from the gut can compromise the brain’s blood vessels, leading to deteriorated brain heath and cognitive impairment. Surprisingly, the research unveils a previously undescribed gut–brain connection mediated by the immune system and indicates that excessive salt might negatively impact brain health in humans through impairing the brain’s blood vessels regardless of its effect on blood pressure.
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/a-new-connection-between-the-gut-and-the-brain/


What does this mean for a man who eats McD's and KFC by the truckload?

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mucifer Dec 2018 #1
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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2018, 12:26 AM

1. It means eat your fruits and veggies and don't put salt on them

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Response to mucifer (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 8, 2018, 12:39 AM

2. ssshhhhh! Dumb Donnie is bad enough.

We don't need any of his salt-encumbered brain cells awakening.

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Response to mucifer (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 8, 2018, 12:56 AM

3. Remember the PDAs from the time the Rump was most suceptible?

I can imagine him at Wharton salivating over this one:



"Can I put some salt on it, though?"

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