Gut-Brain Axis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) 

Modern life constantly beats up your digestion with unavoidable stresses such as pollution, chemicals, and psychological and physical stress. People have tried detox, cleanses, acupuncture, drugs, supplements, and diet changes. Over-the-counter drugs do not work because they only treat symptoms, not the root cause, and digestion problems keep returning. 

Here are the popular prescriptions:

Antacids temporarily soothe your painful stomach, but they do not balance acid production. Acid gets produced in the stomach even when there is no food in it, eating away at your stomach lining.

Ingesting enzymes is only a temporary solution. 

Laxatives can make you more regular, but over time, they can also decrease vitamin absorption and decrease the colon’s ability to contract, leading to constipation.

Gut-brain axis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) 

The concept of the gut-brain axis is just starting to be understood, with knowledge of the gut’s intimate connection to the brain and how it affects your brain’s health and cognition.

Our gut and our brain are deeply interrelated. Recently published research proposes that IBD may have a role in the development of another neurodegenerative disorder, Parkinson’s disease. While the cause of IBD is not clear, it is thought to develop from an impaired immune response to poor or changes in the gut microbiome.

These findings indicate that the gut-brain axis and the biochemical signaling between the gastrointestinal tract and the central nervous system can be factors in dementia development. When one system in our body is not functioning, it affects all other systems. That is why many diseases are linked.

If you have one, you are much more likely to have the other. Such combinations can be:

  • Celiac disease and thyroid issues
  • Diabetes and nerve pain
  • Heart failure and osteoporosis
  • Crohn’s disease and dementia

People with IBD were diagnosed with dementia an average of seven years earlier than those without IBD. Anyone who lives with IBD could be at significant risk for cognitive decline. People with IBD are more than twice as likely to develop dementia, and the risk for Alzheimer’s disease is most significant. People with IBD are six times as likely to develop the condition as those without IBD.

The gut-brain axis. Keeping your gut healthy is more important than ever before. Here are a few natural ways to help keep your gut, and, therefore, your brain in top shape. 

A recent study found that 50 percent of people with ulcerative colitis who took probiotics with prebiotics reported symptom improvement, including stool texture and frequency. Makes sense because probiotics can repopulate the ‘good’ bacteria in your gut. 

Over 70 percent of your immune system is in your digestive tract. Keeping inflammation down is critical to optimal health.

Remember When You Could Eat Anything? Well, keep reading, and you will be able to do that again!

Increase your probiotic intake through the food you eat, like fermented beets or sauerkraut. You can also take a quality probiotic supplement.

My favorite way to get more probiotics is by drinking  Maz-mix digestive formula; I take it every morning, as do thousands of others. Maz-mix fermented drink is the only available supplement that contains both probiotics and prebiotics. It keeps me regular, but it also offers mega-doses of beneficial bacteria, loads of omega-3, and enzymes to support digestion.

The first word in IBD is ‘Inflammatory.’ Keeping a balanced immune system can support a healthy immune response and reduce inflammation.  

Maz-mix fermented drink contains special herbs, including prebiotics from agave inulin, black cumin seed, and turmeric extract. Turmeric’s active ingredient is Curcuma longa, a potent anti-inflammatory compound that fortifies intestinal walls to prevent toxins, viruses, and parasites from entering the bloodstream.

Inflammation begins to vanish, and other health problems such colitis, gastritis, and many other gastric problems begin to disappear.

Maz-mix digestive formula is based on the understanding of Eastern medicine and Herbolaria Mexicana, using herbs that ignite the digestive fire and support digestive functions. Enzymes work by melting down fats, proteins, and carbohydrates so you can absorb and utilize them, the herbs relieve the strain on the digestive system so it can heal itself. 

Maz-mix digestive formula contains an array of digestive enzymes, prebiotics, and probiotics to support the healing process of your digestive tract. You will absorb more of what you eat.

Digestion-related allergies will begin to clear; they are a factor in brain fog. The digestive tract produces necessary chemicals called neuropeptides that enable brain cells to communicate with one another. Strengthening your digestive system can allow you to make more of them.

Eating a healthy diet and, as with every health condition, supporting an alkaline diet and getting regular exercise can help keep your gut and brain in the best condition. With the tips above, you can be ahead of the pack and have a healthy gut.

If you have any comments or questions about this article, email me. You can find 38 different spices, herbal supplements, tinctures, and products mentioned in this article at my storefront at Calle de la Merced 155B, Colonia Barrio de Santa Maria. The store is open Tuesday to Thursday from 10 am to 5 pm, and we deliver. I am also available Saturday at the Cuale Island Artisan Market from 10 am to 2 pm. Call me at 322 140 5677 for assistance and appointments. Email for additional information about herbal supplements, tinctures, antiviral herbs, and ancient Aztec recipes to achieve your nutrition and health goals.


  • Ricardo Mazcal

    Ricardo Mazcal is a fourth-generation Herbalist and Nutritionist with more than 50 years of experience in the use and formulations of medicinal plants. He was trained in Herbolaria Mexicana for many years by his family in his native northeast Nayarit and the high Sierra. Later he studied Hindu Ayurveda and Chinese traditional medicine (TCM) from herbal masters. He can be reached by phone at 322-140-5677 or by email at

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