Oct 19, 2020 by Danielle Andersen
Did you know your gut microbiome can predict your age within years? For those who don’t like to reveal their age, don’t panic just yet! The gut may be an excellent biological clock, but the real takeaway is your microbiome changes as you age – affecting your digestion and immune health.
Science can’t definitively tell us just yet why the gut changes with age, but what we do know is these changes can lead to indigestion, ulcers and chronic diseases. Maintaining your gut health as you age can keep you on your feet, doing more of what you love for longer.
Deep within your body inside the large intestine is a pocket called the cecum, or what is commonly known as the microbiome. The microbiome is like a microscopic city, made up of trillions of microorganisms (microbiota) – bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses – responsible for supporting your immune health, synthesizing nutrients and breaking down toxic food particles.
Your microbiome is mixed with both good and bad microorganisms that typically coexist without any issue. However, your microbiome changes a lot as you age due to a process called gut dysbiosis.
Gut dysbiosis is when outside influencers such as antibiotics, poor diet and other environmental factors disrupt the peaceful synchronicity of the microbiota in your gut; the diversity of the microorganisms in your gut declines and some of the healthier microbiota are replaced by those that can cause illness.
The following factors can change your gut bacteria for the worse and lead to health conditions like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), diabetes, obesity, heart disease and even neurodegenerative diseases.
Your microbiome will continue to change as you age, but there’s plenty you can do to promote a healthy, happy gut. Nurturing your gut can help with digestion and decrease symptoms of IBD, improve your heart health, control and lower blood sugar levels and may even improve brain function.
The following may be able to help improve your gut health and ultimately keep your body and mind in healthier condition for longer:
At Knute Nelson, we offer a full range of aging services to ensure you or your loved one receive the quality care needed for optimal health and well-being. That’s the Knute Advantage! Whether you’re part of our independent living communities that offer healthy restaurant-style dining or your loved one is in hospice and requires assistance with daily living, our team strives to enrich your life and the life of your loved one every day.
Contact us today to learn more about the Knute Advantage and find the right level of care for you or a loved one.