Did you know gut and brain health are connected? Many people are surprised to learn that digestive problems are common after a concussion.
Head trauma activates stress response in the digestive system
Trauma to the brain activates a stress function in the gut which can cause changes in appetite, increased gas and bloating, heartburn, acid reflux, food sensitivity, and irritable bowels. These issues can lead to something called intestinal permeability, or leaky gut, which can cause critical delays in the concussion recovery process.
Fighting inflammation speeds recovery
Avoiding foods that cause inflammation is one way to accelerate concussion recovery.
Try to avoid or limit these foods as much as possible:
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