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With an aging population, Alzheimer’s disease is a growing concern. I’ve been asked before if the plaque from Candida exactly matches the brain amyloid plaque in Alzheimer’s. At this time, it’s speculation that Candida and Alzheimer’s are connected in some way.
What causes the amyloid plaques to form is Alzheimer’s remains unknown. Some people say it could be aluminum causing the problem. There are many other theories. It’s still quite early when it comes to an understanding of neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and ALS.
Many people I’ve seen with Alzheimer’s had significant gut problems before developing Alzheimer’s. Often these clients have been taking medication like proton pump inhibitors for a long time. It’s also not uncommon for them to give a history of eating a poor diet and drinking a lot of soda over the years.
Based on my clinical experience, I believe there is a link between Alzheimer’s and poor digestive system functioning. I think that link exists not only with Alzheimer’s, but with many diseases. The relationship between gut health and your overall health is why I recommend a very clean diet, a low-stress lifestyle, and a generally healthy way of eating and living. A healthy lifestyle, including what you eat, is undoubtedly going to help keep neurodegenerative conditions at bay.
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There are all sorts of reasons why people get sick. The common denominator for sickness is inflammation. What upregulates inflammation is poor immune function. Where does the bulk of the immune system reside? In the digestive system. As a result, when the gut isn’t functioning correctly, the immune system becomes dysfunctional, and chronic inflammation is the result. Chronic inflammation has been linked to a whole host of diseases, not just ones involving the neurological system.
Excellent digestive health leads to more appropriate immune response, a lower level of inflammation, and a decreased risk of disease.
If you’re worried about a possible Candida-Alzheimer’s link, do a comprehensive stool analysis. This test will alert you to any issues with Candida, intestinal bacteria, and parasites. Correct the imbalances, and you’ll have done yourself a favor if a link between Candida and Alzheimer’s is confirmed. Currently, the existence of such a link is still speculation.