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  • I'm Shelby Cullinan with toddy's health news. If you want to keep your brain functioning

  • well, you may want to skip the doughnuts. A new study from Oregon State University found

  • that high-fat and high-sugar diets may cause a loss of cognitive flexibility because the

  • two diets affect bacteria in the gut, called the microbiome. In the study, mice were fed

  • either a high-sugar or a high-fat diet for four weeks. After the four weeks the mental

  • performance of the mice dropped. The high-sugar diet had the most serious effects. The mice

  • on this diet had changes in both cognitive flexibility, long-term and short-term memory.

  • The lead study author said that "It’s increasingly clear that our gut bacteria can communicate

  • with the human brain." Bacteria can release compounds that act as neurotransmitters, stimulate

  • sensory nerves or the immune system, and affect a wide range of biological functions." Speak

  • to your doctor about starting a healthy diet plan today.

I'm Shelby Cullinan with toddy's health news. If you want to keep your brain functioning

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How Your Diet Could Affect Your Brain

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    audrey   posted on 2015/11/05
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