Constipation can cause a decline in your brain function.
We all know by now how important our gut function is for overall health, but the link between gut function and brain function decline is not that well known yet.
Studies done recently are revealing that there is a very probable link between poor gut health, especially chronic constipation and early dementia.
Chronic constipation may not only be a red flag for poor gut health, but a potential warning sign of cognitive decline.
Researchers found that among more than 110,000 middle-aged and older adults, the ones who were chronically constipated, having fewer than three bowel movements a week, showed early signs of poor brain health.
The findings presented at a meeting of the Alzheimer's Association in Amsterdam showed that people with chronic constipation typically performed worse on tests of memory and thinking.
In addition, 73% of these same people reported that they were concerned about a decline in their cognitive function.
The theory behind this research is that constipation and cognition are linked via the gut microbiome.
The science is exploding with research linking abnormal gut microbiome and various diseases, including degenerative brain diseases like Alzheimer's. Constipated patients with cognitive decline tended to have relatively few gut bacteria that produced butyrate, an important fatty acid that helps control inflammation.
If your brain capacity has become a concern to you, or perhaps your parents are showing signs of accelerated decline in brain function, please consider addressing their gut function.
If they are constipated, this becomes a priority to be sorted out.
Always remember there are much more to be rectified in the gastrointestinal tract than just replacing good bacteria.
The gut functions as an "orchestra" and every musical instrument need to play "in tune" for the melody to be beautifull.
Dr. M de Klerk
Dr. Marike de Klerk