I have a quick three question quiz for you.
1. Has your doctor told you you’re borderline hypertensive?
2. Have you been diagnosed with high blood pressure?
3. Do you want to keep your BP in check BEFORE it becomes a problem?
If you answered yes to any one of those questions it’s time to start paying attention to your belly.
No, I’m not talking about losing weight (although if you’re carrying around a few extra pounds, shedding them is a good idea too). I’m talking about your gut flora.
Let me explain.
It turns out keeping your gut bugs in balance is an easy, and novel, way to bring your blood pressure numbers back into line, and keep them there.
Probiotics helps reduce high blood pressure
When a group of researchers looked into the effects of probiotics on blood pressure they discovered something amazing.
Long-term use of the supplements could help users reduce their high blood pressure!
Now we’re not talking about massive changes here, of course.
But we ARE talking about significant drops that could very well move you right out of the borderline zone. Or help you cut back, or even go off of high blood pressure medication entirely.
The group of Australian scientists crunched the numbers from 9 different studies and concluded that regular probiotic use lowered systolic (top) numbers by an average of 3.56 mm Hg.
The bottom diastolic numbers dropped too. They went down by an average 2.38 mm HG, when compared to folks not taking a probiotic, according to the review published in the journal Hypertension.
And the researchers say the effects may be even greater in those who are already suffering from high blood pressure.
MORE good bacteria benefits
Erasing high blood pressure worries alone would be enough for me to encourage you to consider taking a probiotic regularly.
But controlling BP isn’t the only trick probiotics have up their sleeve. Far from it, in fact.
According to the chief researcher on the study, belly-bug supplements can have some other incredibly positive effects on your health including…
- lowering total cholesterol numbers
- lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol
- reducing blood sugar
- reducing insulin resistance
- regulating blood-pressure influencing hormones
- regulating fluid balance
Can you see why I encourage EVERYONE to take a daily probiotic? And of course those aren’t the only probiotic benefits.
Raising your good bacteria levels, and balancing your gut flora with a quality probiotic, could also help…
- beef up your immune system,
- support your bone health,
- drive down depression and anxiety,
- help you lose weight, and
- reduce your diabetes risk.
It’s an amazing track record for one affordable, widely available supplement I’d say. If you aren’t already on a probiotic I think it’s time to consider changing that.
Dr. Allan Spreen
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