Food Fix Delivers Better Brain Function in 12 Weeks

I’ll admit I’ve never been much of a fiber supplement fan.

Can fiber help you stay regular? Certainly.

However, there are much better ways to keep your morning bathroom routine on track than loading up on massive amounts of fiber.

And for many folks, fiber supplements can cause a lot of gas, bloating, and pain.

But new research linking fiber and cognition has me taking a closer look

I’m always excited to learn new things and am open to changing my opinion.

It doesn’t matter if it’s an expensive drug, a new health fad, or a simple vegetable you can add to your diet; when it comes to health matters, I have one simple rule.

I ask, “Does it work?” and let the answer drive my actions.

So, I was intrigued when I came across a new study in Nature Communications linking fiber to better brain function.

Researchers found taking a daily fiber supplement for 12 weeks significantly improved brain function in folks 60 or older. In fact, this simple and cheap addition to the diet improved performance on memory tests designed to measure early signs of Alzheimer’s.

And the reason why it worked is something I talk about a LOT here in Living Well Daily. And that’s gut health.

The fiber supplement significantly improved participants’ gut microbiome composition. The number of beneficial bacteria, such as Bifidobacterium, increased.

The gut microbiome, the vast ecosystem of bacteria in our intestines, is a key player in our overall health.

A growing body of research shows that the balance and diversity of these microbes can influence everything from our digestion and immune function to our mental health and cognitive abilities.

So, how can you cultivate a healthy gut microbiome? Fiber IS a good place to start.

But while a fiber supplement was used in this study, there are plenty of delicious, whole-food sources of fiber that can benefit your gut bacteria, including lentils, split peas, oats, apples, chickpeas, almonds, chia seeds, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, pears, and avocados.

Fermented foods like sauerkraut, yogurt, kefir, certain cheeses, miso, kimchi, and kombucha contain beneficial probiotic bacteria. A probiotic supplement is a good idea too.

If you decide to take a fiber supplement, be sure to increase your intake gradually and drink plenty of water to avoid digestive discomfort.

Pay just a bit more attention to your gut health, and you could soon find yourself feeling sharper, healthier, and more vibrant well into your golden years.

And another thing…

Here’s what else we’ve covered this week in Living Well Daily

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How to Get Your Spouse to Go to the Doctor

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Source:

Ni Lochlainn, et al., (2024). “Effect of gut microbiome modulation on muscle function and cognition: The PROMOTe randomised controlled trial.” Nature Communications, 15(1), 1-15. doi. org /10.1038 /s41467-024-46116-y

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