When you have a dysfunctional gastrointestinal system, especially a Candida imbalance, it can cause a range of symptoms, including memory problems.
We used to think that mood, anxiety, schizophrenia, and other mental health conditions were “brain-based” problems. We had no idea of the role the gut plays in mood and cognitive function. We now know that many of the hormones that regulate how we feel and how we think are produced in the gut. That is why the gut is sometimes referred to as the “second brain.” The second brain has a powerful influence on the primary brain. In 2016, John Hopkins reported finding a definite link between Candida and both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
If you are experiencing serious problems with your short-term memory, you’ll want to address your gut health.
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Digestive problems, particularly ones involving the small intestine, are going to affect how you think, your memory, and your mood. Gut dysbiosis can make you more irritable and forgetful. Some people describe having “brain fog.” The imbalance in your gut can be the result of antibiotics, long term use of other medications such as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), stress, unhealthy food choices, lack of sleep, and a lifestyle that is not serving you well. To make things worse, stress is known to significantly impair short-term memory.
It’s hard to say that Candida causes memory loss. But if you have memory problems in combination with GI symptoms like bloating and constipation, then assessing the health of your digestive system makes sense. A comprehensive stool analysis will help determine if your gut is playing a role in your cognitive problems.
If you’ve been on any pharmaceutical drug for the long term and subsequently developed a memory problem, look for a natural equivalent or see if you can stop the medication. Memory is like a muscle.
Exercise it, and it will get stronger. Combining memory training with a healthy lifestyle may help improve your cognitive function more than either one alone.