Nancy A. McLeod, MD
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Fairhope, AL 36532
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- Thomas Hospital
How can probiotics help improve my brain health?
David Perlmutter, MD, Neurology, answeredProbiotics are key for digestion and gut health, but they can also help improve the health of our brains. In this video, neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, explains why having good gut bacteria is so important, and which foods have the most impact.
What does the parasympathetic nervous system do?
Bill Salt, MD, Gastroenterology, answeredThe parasympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) has nerve fibers that originate in the cranial (top) and sacral (bottom) segments of the spinal cord. The parasympathetic branch calms the body, which is the precise opposite of the sympathetic branch. The parasympathetic system promotes routine activities, such as digesting your food. It slows the heart rate, whereas the sympathetic system speeds it up. It sends blood to the digestive tract, while the sympathetic system sends it to the muscles. The parasympathetic nervous system secretes the neurochemical acetylcholine, which is the "key" leading to relaxation. The lowering of heart rate and blood pressure and the reduction of muscle tension are produced by the parasympathetic branch. Stress management techniques aim to induce a positive parasympathetic state.
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Why should I restore my cellular communication pathway?
Stephen H. Atkins, PhD, Functional Medicine, answered
According to Dr. Stephen Atkins, an integrative medicine specialist, your brain and body work better together if your cellular communication pathway is working correctly. Watch this video to learn how improving your cellular communication pathway can help your body function better.
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