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Stronger Evidence for the "Second Brain" Theory and How FDA-approved Insecticides Can Cause Diabetes

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Researchers from the University of Buffalo found that two commonly used insecticides can increase your risk for diabetes.


Scientists have been coining your gastrointestinal tract, your “second brain.” They've been learning and finding evidence that what goes on in your gut affects your brain. For example, your gut bacteria have been found to produce peripheral serotonin, which plays a role in your fat burning. If your body isn't burning fat efficiently, it can affect your mood.

Even scarier, scientists found evidence that your gut bacteria can manipulate your brain's reward system and make you crave food that's good for them but not for you. But if you start out eating probiotic-rich foods and a majority of alkaline meals, then you're promoting good bacteria that won't make you crave the wrong food. On the other hand, if you're eating junk food all the time, you're promoting the growth of bad bacteria, which will make you want that same life-shortening food.

These experts also found that your gut bacteria play a significant role in regulating your stress, anxiety, and even your cognition. That means what you eat controls your memory, learning, and how relaxed you are.

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Now researchers found that the third most common insecticide chemical, carbaryl, and carbofuran bind to melatonin receptors, which block real melatonin from doing its job. They say that if melatonin can't do its job, then your blood sugar levels and insulin response will be less regulated – which could lead to an increased risk of diabetes from chronic exposure to these chemicals. It may also cause insomnia and difficulty sleeping since melatonin's job also includes regulating your circadian rhythm.

Knowing this, it's even more important to watch what you eat. If you'd like to counteract insecticide's harmful effects, you can try eating these foods:

Oats or sugar-free oatmeal. Oats and oatmeal can boost your melatonin levels. They've also been found to protect you from colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel diseases, and coeliac disease. They can also help you lose weight and protect your heart because of their high-fiber, low-calorie content. These properties, plus their B vitamins, are why they're popular in alcohol detox patient meals – since alcohol depletes the body of B vitamins and withdrawal causes gastrointestinal symptoms.

Tart cherry juice. Researchers found that tart cherry juice is a natural source of melatonin and has been found to help alleviate insomnia. Not only that, tart cherry juice relieves pain and inflammation, and is a viable natural remedy for TMJ disorder.

Watch what you eat because your gut is your “second brain.” Eating the wrong foods can make you upset and change your personality! If you want to lower the effects of harmful insecticides that you can't avoid, try drinking tart cherry juice and adding more oats to your life.