Aging is a normal process and may be partially genetic determined. But how aging affects you depends very much on your lifestyle. Sufficient physical activity and hydration, a healthy diet that is rich in fiber, enough sleep and relaxation can slow down the aging process. However, simultaneously with aging, the use of medication increases, we become more vulnerable for (respiratory tract) infections and we experience more health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes and weight gain.
Aging also influences our digestive system; the acidity of the stomach decreases, intestinal motility diminishes, the condition of the intestinal mucosa deteriorates and the amount of 'good' gut bacteria (such as Bifidobacterium Longum) declines. This can lead to insufficient absorption of important nutrients and result in bowel- and stool problems.
Healthy bowel function becomes harder to maintain as we age. We can experience intestinal complaints such as bloating, cramps, diarrhoea and/or obstipation. And because the absorption of nutrients can be less effective this can negatively influence our health.
Good bowel function is important for digestion and absorption of nutrients. These nutrients provide energy and are converted in to other important substances the body needs for essential processes. Additionally a good digestion is important for maintaining a strong barrier against toxins and pathogens. The digestive tract is a crucial part of our immune system!