Within your digestive tract, there’s also an array of bacteria, fungi, and other microbes that make up your microbiome. Every person’s microbiome is highly adapted to them as an individual and helps carry out metabolic and biological processes that keep our body functioning. Factors such as diet, stress, and exposure to other microbes or antibiotics change the gut microbiome throughout life.
Dysbiosis within the microbiome has also been linked to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s (4).
This is why conditions like GERD, PUD, gastritis-duodenitis, IBS, and diverticulosis, which impact the health of your gut microbiome, are of particular interest when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease. Changes in the composition or diversity of the gut microbiome can have a significant impact on brain function and potentially increase the risk of developing all kinds of dementia (5).
Guarding Your Gut (and Brain)
Understanding the link between gut conditions and Alzheimer’s disease empowers us to take proactive steps to maintain our digestive and cognitive health. Here are some strategies to keep your gut (and brain) in good shape as you age:
Consume a diet rich in fiber, fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins. These foods nourish your gut microbiome and support a healthy digestive system.
Specific strains of beneficial bacteria help to promote a healthy gut microbiome. Digestive enzymes can also be helpful in supporting healthy digestion and reducing symptoms of gut disorders.
Stress and anxiety can trigger IBS symptoms, and managing these emotions can be an important part of reducing IBS flare-ups. Engage in relaxation techniques like meditation or yoga to reduce stress levels.
Eat More Berries & Avocado
Berries are a well-known brain-boosting food, but 2021 data reveals that older adults who ate more avocado performed significantly better across all cognitive testing (including memory function) (6).
Plus, berries and avocados are loaded with antioxidants and other nutrients that promote healthy blood sugar levels, which is key to long-term protection from Alzheimer’s.
Physical activity not only benefits your body but also your gut and brain. Aim for regular exercise to promote overall well-being.
Gut Function Analysis
If you experience persistent gut issues, consider testing your digestive health to identify underlying conditions and take appropriate measures.
Don’t Ignore Digestive Symptoms
If you’re experiencing symptoms of gut disorders like GERD or IBS, contact us now. Early diagnosis and treatment are key to managing these conditions effectively.
The Bottom Line
There is a clear link between digestive health and Alzheimer’s disease, and the research suggests that maintaining good gut health could be an essential strategy for preventing cognitive decline. Eating a healthy diet, consuming fermented foods, reducing stress, and taking supplements can all support gut health and reduce the risk of developing these conditions. By prioritizing gut health, we can take an important step towards maintaining our cognitive function and living a long, healthy life.