Yaman, H., Karaoglu, A., Cayci, T., Akgul, E. O., Kurt, Y. G., Tunc, T., & Vurucu, S. (2012). Epileptic seizures associated with lactose intolerance in a child: A causal relationship? Journal of Pediatric Neurology, 10(2), 151-154.
The report’s length is 4 pages; keywords are lactose intolerance, immune system, and nervous system. The link is https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Halil-Yaman/publication/287443772_Epileptic_seizures_associated_with_lactose_intolerance_in_a_child_A_causal_relationship/links/573c0dfe08aea45ee8406cb7/Epileptic-seizures-associated-with-lactose-intolerance-in-a-child-A-causal-relationship.pdf. I selected this article as most studies do not consider the connection between digestive and nervous systems. The main findings of the research are motor, and mental retardation may be caused by galactose deficiency. The study examines the effect of the lactose-free diet on epileptic seizures in children.
The case presented in the article proves the ceasing of intractable seizures after introducing the lactose-free diet, which positively impacts the treatment. Concerning normal physiology, people with lactose intolerance suffer from disruption of the micro-milieu of the intestine. Undigested lactose remains in the intestinal lumen, fermented by colonic bacteria, whereas the increased carbohydrate concentration results in detrimental effects on the organism (Yaman et al., 2012). The interesting finding of the research is epileptic seizures are linked to the toxic effects in the intestine and neuronal damage; thus lactose-free diet can cease them.
Ceppa, F., Mancini, A., & Tuohy, K. (2019). Current evidence linking diet to gut microbiota and brain development and function. International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, 70(1), 1-19. Web.
The number of pages is 19; keywords: diet, nervous system, brain, neuroactive compounds, gut-brain axis. This reading provides comprehensive research on relations between digestive and nervous systems, examining the particular diets and their impact on neurophysiological development and functions. The main findings show that brain development is directly affected by gut microorganisms; the latter also impacts neurotransmitter production within the nervous system functioning (Ceppa et al., 2019). The term the gut-brain axis describes the interdependence of the central nervous system and the intestinal microbiota. The reading poses questions on how the nervous system can be regulated by a diet that enhances healthy brain functions.
Larroya-García, A., Navas-Carrillo, D., & Orenes-Piñero, E. (2019). Impact of gut microbiota on neurological diseases: diet composition and novel treatments. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 59(19), 3102-3116. Web.
The article’s length is 19 pages; keywords are gut microbiota, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, and depression. The study aims to explain the influence of gut microbiota on the nervous system’s structure and function. For instance, the study investigates the effects of nutrition on some neurologic disorders, including anxiety, autism, Alzheimer’s disease and anorexia nervosa. The results show that the connection between the intestine and the nervous system happens through the neuroendocrine systems, vagal nerve, neurotransmitters of the CNS and inflammatory factors. It has proved my thinking that such a novel approach should be researched further as the diet can serve as a potential therapy to treat different neuropsychiatric illnesses.