After a traumatic brain injury (TBI), patients can experience a number of different side effects. One of the most common is intestinal dysfunction, leading to stomach ulcers, food intolerance, or gastritis. Just as every brain injury differs, side effects can vary depending on the patient.
Though the intensity of intestinal dysfunction differs for each patient, they can be uncomfortable and impact recovery after a TBI. Fortunately, there are steps patients can assist in recovery.
The gastrointestinal tract breaks down food into nutrients used to fuel the body. It is also responsible for trapping and disposing of harmful substances, which is essential for our general health.
Many people are not aware of the strong connection between the gastrointestinal tract and the brain. They both communicate with each other to promote proper digestion through hormones and nerves.
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