The connections between gut microbiome and various diseases elsewhere in the body are not new. But, did you know that this ‘elsewhere’ can be as far away as your brain? In fact, my new book, ‘Making of Superhumans’ covers a few such connections between gut microbiome and brain diseases, especially Parkinson’s disease.
Newer research now coming out from University of California, reveals that more diseases affecting the brain may have their roots in the gut. The study found out that those with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are more likely to develop dementia by 2.5 times and Alzheimer’s disease by 6 times.
The researchers suspect that the causes behind this strange connection are the chronic inflammation in gut caused by IBD as well as the damage to the gut microbiome. My take on such confirming research is that you need not wait for dementia or Alzheimer’s to strike, or even IBD to strike, before you start taking your gut microbiome seriously.
You can start off by having fermented foods that are common in South Indian breakfasts and dinners like idli, dosa, appam, buttermilk etc., that are all probiotic. If you really want to develop Superhuman health, you may also take a Gut Microbiome Test so that experts can advise you on customized diet plans.