Americans spend millions every year on anti-aging products. Some are useful. While others are a bust.
But they all have one thing in common. And that is this pursuit of youth puts a real hurting on our wallets.
But a new discovery could end up saving you BIG bucks. And leave you feeling HALF your age. Because Japanese researchers might have just uncovered the “Fountain of Youth.”
And incredibly, it’s ALREADY inside you.
Now, most doctors will swear there’s no way to stop the clock. They say that we have to accept that aging is just inevitable.
And it’s true you can’t stop the march of time. But it turns out you CAN harness the God-given power stored in your gut to dodge some of the worst diseases of aging.
That’s right, that Fountain of Youth I mentioned earlier is located in your digestive system. And while I know it might sound strange, it actually makes perfect sense.
Let me explain.
Probiotics can help turn back the clock
It’s taken some time to convince them. But now even conventional medicine accepts that what goes on in your gut affects FAR more than just your gut.
In fact, 70 percent of your immune cells call the walls of your digestive system home. And it turns out keeping those bacteria—what scientists call our microbiome—happy and healthy can keep YOU healthy too.
But now researchers say your belly bacteria don’t just help fight off flu and cold viruses or battle bad bacteria. Those good bugs, or probiotics, play a vital role in warding off some of the most devastating symptoms of aging. Those things which can make you feel old before your time.
In other words, they can help slow the aging clock down to a virtual crawl.
Gut bug balance linked to aging
Imagine waking up tomorrow feeling years… or even a DECADE younger than the calendar says you are. Well, according to the new study published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology that dream could turn out to be YOUR reality.
The researchers reviewed data from bunches of earlier studies on four of the most troubling issues of aging…
- Alzheimer’s disease
- age-related muscle loss
- heart disease
And a distinct pattern emerged. ALL of them had a common thread connecting them… an imbalance in the microbiome. Or what doctors call dysbiosis.
4 hidden ways gut bacteria fight aging from the inside
Here’s what they found…
1. Alzheimer’s disease:
You’ve heard of serotonin before, of course. It’s often called the “feel good” hormone. It helps regulate mood, behavior, appetite, and sleep. And studies have found it could help prevent the plaque buildup in the brain that we see with Alzheimer’s disease.
So what does that have to do with your belly bacteria? Well, it turns out a lot. Because your gut, not your brain, produces 90 percent of the serotonin in your body.
Scientists aren’t exactly sure yet how gut serotonin helps ward off dementia. But they DO know not having enough diversity in your gut bacteria is associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Which means a diet that includes plenty of prebiotics and probiotics could be the key to protecting your brain.
It turns out healthy bones start with a healthy gut too. In recent studies, researchers found that gut bacteria produce a particular hormone called insulin-like growth factor or IGF-1. And IGF-1 plays a vital role in building healthy, strong bones.
To support healthy bones, improve your gut bug balance with probiotics. Research has found probiotics… such as Lactobacillus, which you will find in yogurt as well as supplements… help build bone mass.
But don’t stop there, stock up on prebiotics too. Experts say they can help your bones absorb the calcium they need to continue to grow and stay strong.
3. Age-related muscle loss:
Not feeling quite as strong as you used to? It’s not your imagination. As we age, we really do get weaker.
Doctors call it age-related muscle loss. And it can make everything in life just a bit more difficult. Everyday tasks such as climbing stairs, getting in and out of the car, and even opening jars can become a challenge.
But it turns out a healthy gut could help slow that muscle loss down to a crawl. For example, a study in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences focused on seniors found grip strength… a measure of overall muscle strength… shot way up when they took prebiotics.
Researchers are still digging to find out why the prebiotics appear to have such an impact. But in the meantime eating more prebiotic foods such as raw leeks, garlic, onions, jicama, and avocado could make wrestling open that pickle jar a breeze. Prebiotics are also available as supplements.
4. Heart disease:
Over 83 million Americans are battling some form of heart disease. Plus your risk for heart problems skyrockets with age. And now scientists say your gut bug balance could play a role in that risk.
Imbalances in gut bacteria can lead to dangerous plaques forming on the walls of your arteries. But, on the other hand, healthy gut bugs can help keep cholesterol in check, reduce blood pressure, and even reduce your risk of stroke.
Healthy aging doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. It all starts with a healthy gut. Feed the Fountain of Youth in your digestive tract plenty of prebiotics and probiotics to help slow aging to a crawl.
She is an advocate of self-education and is passionate about the power of group knowledge sharing, like the kind found right here on HealthierTalk.com. Alice loves to share her views on holistic and natural healing as well as her, sometimes contentious, thoughts on the profit-driven inner workings of traditional medicine.
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