Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain–for Life 
was the sixty second book of 2015, which I enjoyed.

Wow!  This book will change my plans in 2016.  If you place any stock in the fact that “You are what you eat”, you must read this book.  The biggest takeaway from this book is my new interest in the interdependencies between the human brain and gut microbes, specifically biotics.  I’m sure you’ve heard, and taken, antibiotics.  However, do you understand what biotics do for the body and the ramifications before you put that antibiotics pill in your body? I didn’t.  I’m not going to explain everything, but the outcome of reading this book has me integrating prebiotics and probiotics into my diet.  I know what you’re thinking, what are you talking about?  It is fairly simple.

Prebiotic foods:
Acacia gum
Raw chicory root
Raw Jerusalem artichoke
Raw dandelion greens
Raw garlic
Raw or cooked onion
Raw leek
Raw asparagus

Probiotic foods:
Active-Culture Yogurt
Kefir
Kombucha Tea
Tempeh
Kimchi
Sauerkraut
Pickles
Pickled fruits and vegetables
Cultured condiments
Fermented meat, fish, and eggs

If your interested in knowing some specifics about each of these foods, here is a great write up.  Obviously, some items are easier than others to integrate into the daily diet.  I’ve started with onions, garlic, yogurt, kefir, pickles, and kombucha.  I look forward to brewing my own kombucha, but that will have to wait until after and upcoming move.

So is Brain Maker worth the read, absolutely.  This is a top 3 of 2015 book! Brain Maker is a MUST read!

Make sure to check out all the books I’ve enjoyed in 2015.

 
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