Something we all do is age. Getting older can be both celebrated and dreaded. Retirement and finally having the time to pursue what you want is liberating. But on the other hand, aging brings many changes to your body and health that can be difficult to navigate, especially when it comes to the gut. We outwardly apply wrinkle creams and cover grays, but what are we doing to help aging issues beneath the skin? Over the next few blogs we will discuss age related GI issues.
As we age the body goes through a lot of changes. Our metabolism slows, we lose muscle mass, take more medications and our lifestyles slow down all of which can lead to changes in our gastrointestinal system. Over half of our body’s immune system is in our gut. The good bacteria fights infection and inflammation to keep us healthy. Unfortunately these bacteria decrease as we age. Probiotics not only keep your immune system strong but also can help with regularity in bowel movements. Talk with your doctor about the use of probiotics and if they would be beneficial for you.
There are many things you can do to improve your overall GI health. Getting active and increasing your daily activity will help to improve your bowel movements and can also help keep you at a healthy weight. Drinking more fluids, eating more fiber while staying away from processed and high fat foods will all help your gut. Keeping our GI tract healthy is an important aspect of aging. It is important to keep track of your symptoms and you can talk with Dr. Sameer Islam about your concerns. Remember it is much easier to prevent common age related GI issues with proactivity versus reacting to symptoms.