You know about all the biggest threats to your health. I like to refer to the main offenders as the “Big Four.”
You probably know them better as heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes. And since you’re a Healthier Talk reader, I think it’s safe to say you’re serious about not letting any of those potential killers take you down for the count.
But there’s another disease out there quietly ruining just as many lives as the Big Four. And yet, it gets ZERO attention.
It won’t kill you directly. It’s much sneakier than that. Instead, this appetite linked problem chips away at your health. It saps your energy, your strength, your balance, and even your willpower. And, finally, it steals away your independence.
You never hear about it, and yet up to ONE IN SIX seniors is battling this condition right now. And HALF of folks over 80 are fighting it.
Even if you’re lucky enough to not be one of them, you could be at serious risk. Because this secret independence thief doesn’t discriminate. It can strike ANYONE.
But new research reveals how it starts. And just as important, it gives us a simple solution you can use to STOP it early before it takes over your life.
How a poor appetite can rob you of your health
Doctors ask a lot of questions. But they seldom ask about your appetite. And that’s a big mistake, they absolutely should.
You see, a loss of appetite means FAR more than just the potential to lose a little weight. If that’s all it did, I think many of us who battle a bit of a belly bulge would WELCOME it.
But eating less, if it’s not done carefully and intentionally as part of a planned diet, can also lead to muscle loss. And that’s especially true in seniors.
In fact, a poor appetite could lead to a common wasting condition called sarcopenia which will leave you battling weakness and frailty.
Sarcopenia is linked to…
- bone breaks
- struggles with day-to-day activities
And while appetite loss and the resulting sarcopenia aren’t typically a DIRECT cause of death, the condition can DOUBLE your odds of dying early.
The belly bug secret to fighting weakness and fatigue
Until now, there was no way to tell who might be sarcopenia’s next victim. Some folks with a poor appetite don’t succumb to the wasting condition, while others do.
But the new study has finally revealed an important clue.
Researchers uncovered what could be a key difference between folks who have the condition and those who don’t. And it’s something you can take easy action to prevent right now, starting with an ordinary cup of yogurt.
Yogurt is a fantastic source of healthy fats and muscle-building protein. Plus, it’s loaded with the “good” bacteria needed for digestive health. And that’s key because the new study finds those same healthy microbes can help you hold on to your appetite, so you don’t stop eating enough to stay healthy.
The good bacteria like you find in yogurt appear to help activate the hormones that control appetite. When you have a good mix in your gut, your appetite functions as it should. And that means you get the right signals telling you it’s time to eat.
But when your gut flora is lacking, the proper hormonal signals can be cut. Your appetite suffers, and you end up eating less. And that puts you at risk for missing out on the vital proteins and other nutrients you need to ensure you hang on to your strength and energy.
It’s NOT about getting a single type of bacteria, however. Instead, it’s about having a wide variety of different healthy types.
You can get that appetite-stimulating mix from a daily cup of plain Greek yogurt as well as other fermented foods. But it’s also a good idea to consider a probiotic supplement if you’re not taking one already.
And don’t skimp on the protein. Studies show most seniors need MORE than the recommended levels to maintain muscle… but most get LESS.
Dairy – including that yogurt – as well as meat, eggs, whey drinks, and beans are all excellent natural sources of muscle-building protein. And for more tips on supercharging weakening muscles, check out my earlier report HERE