It’s a little thing, for sure.
And when I say little, I mean it. Because this petite health hero literally fits in the palm of your hand.
But despite its tiny size, it can make a BIG difference when it comes to your health.
To get started, all you have to do is remove one other small thing from your routine and replace it with this tiny treasure. And before you know it, you’ll be reaping the rewards.
But don’t worry, the swap is so insignificant you’ll barely notice it. However, your body sure will.
Because this one minor change… which I’m happy to report involves a treat your going to love… triggers a process that naturally strengthens your gut while protecting your heart at the same time.
And now, new research shows how this change is so effective that…
You’d be NUTS to NOT try this out
Here’s the swap in a nutshell. (Forgive me, I had to.)
Take one snack a day and replace it with some walnuts. That’s it. Really.
The benefits are even bigger, of course, if the snack you’re replacing with the nuts is something unhealthy like chips, crackers, or sugary sweets.
Each humble walnut is loaded with healthy fats and proteins that help activate your “satisfaction” hormones. Those are the substances your body pumps out that help to keep you from feeling hungry again a few minutes after eating.
You see, the empty carbs in processed snacks like cheese puffs, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, do the opposite. They almost act like a drug in the brain triggering a “high” that sends you straight back to the pantry with a terrible case of the munchies.
That’s the real reason you can’t put down a bag of chips.
But the new study takes walnut research to the next level. It shows how the nuts can do more than leave you feeling full and satisfied, so you don’t overeat and gain weight.
Walnut eaters have MORE beneficial gut bugs
The researchers found eating nuts triggers major changes within the gut, raising levels of four types of healthy bacteria…
- Eubacteria eligens
These four good bugs can help cut blood pressure, lower total cholesterol, and slash non-HDL cholesterol levels.
Which FINALLY helps explain why a few years ago, another walnut study found regularly eating the nuts was linked to a 20 percent lower risk of heart disease.
But the benefits don’t end there. The new study finds these same bacteria can help strengthen the lining of your gut for better digestion as well as protection against stomach problems
One key reason for all of these benefits? Fiber. Nuts are loaded with the stuff. And fiber – from any decent source – is proven to help protect the heart.
But walnuts are the perfect vehicle for the fiber, serving it up alongside a mix of other bioactive compounds that bacteria love. Together the blend serves as a prebiotic. Which means the healthy bugs munch on them for fuel.
When your good bugs are well fed, they thrive and multiply. And that, in turn, helps to keep the bad bacteria we all have in our guts under control too.
The new study was on walnuts. But it’s pretty clear by now that ALL nuts offer bunches of health benefits. Especially if you swap out an unhealthy snack for some of these palm-sized protectors.