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We believe that a natural, more holistic approach to healing and healthy aging means considering every piece of the puzzle.
This includes your diet, your overall state of mind, your exercise routine, and more. Perhaps one of the most important aspects of our health that we don’t usually pay close enough attention to is gut health.
Your overall gut health has a major influence over your entire body’s health. Clinical researchers are now finding more and more that the human gut is closely connected to many of the most important systems in your body.
An unhealthy gut can damage not only your immune system, but also worsen anxiety and depression, decrease energy levels, slow metabolism, worsen skin's appearance, impact sleep quality, and so much more. Therefore, in order to look and feel our best as we age, it's essential to first take a look at the quality of our gut health.
If you often suffer from indigestion, upset stomach, food sensitivities, chronic skin problems, autoimmune disease, fatigue, or unexplained weight changes, these are all pretty tell-tale signs that your gut is in need of some healing.
Besides following a healthy lifestyle that includes plenty of water, rest, nutritious foods, and self-care, there are additional options that can help kickstart faster gut healing.
Supplementing with a high quality probiotic or collagen peptides is one excellent option for providing your gut with the extra healthy bacteria needed to begin healing its micro-biome.
Probiotics are live microorganisms taken as a supplement that are designed to improve or restore healthy gut flora. They can also often be found in yogurts and many fermented foods, as well as in supplements and beverages.
Many studies on the anti-aging effects of probiotics have shown that a healthy gut greatly impacts how well your body ages. This means that probiotics can help your body retain its youthful energy, health, digestion, and overall appearance and vitality for longer.
1. BOOSTS YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
Daily probiotics are especially vital for elderly people, due to their increased risk for nutritional deficiencies, digestive issues, and weakened immune systems.
As we age, we face an ongoing decline in our microbiota diversity, as well as impaired gut immune response and gut bacteria composition. High quality probiotics can help remedy many of these issues by slowing the decline of healthy bacteria in the gut, easing digestion issues, and strengthening our natural disease fighting abilities.
Probiotics have also been shown to help delay the onset of many age-related illnesses, as well as protect against certain infections.
2. SUPPORTS JOINT HEALTH & MOBILITY
Protecting our bones and joints becomes especially important as we age and begin to experience aches and pains that impact our mobility. Some researchers have found probiotics to be helpful in decreasing joint inflammation in those suffering from osteoarthritis and general joint pain.
According to The Arthritis Foundation, probiotics can decrease inflammation by, "reducing common biomarkers of inflammation, including C-reactive protein."
Furthermore, individuals with inflammatory arthritis tend to suffer from inflammation of the intestinal tract, where bacteria can easily permeate and cause inflammatory responses. Probiotics can help ease this issue by decreasing the inflammation associated with permeability in the intestinal tract.
One 2012 study published in a peer-reviewed medical journal found that studying gut bacteria could possibly indicate arthritis susceptibility in mice.
3. PROTECTS BRAIN HEALTH & PREVENTS COGNITIVE DECLINE
One of the 'hot topics' amongst researchers in recent years is the connection between our brain and gut. Studies are now finding that they are more closely tied than we ever imagined.
As we age, we are faced with general cognitive decline, such as the loss of mental clarity and memory loss. We also face the possibilities of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's.
Taking a high quality probiotic supplement has been shown in some studies to help retain healthy cognitive function in elderly individuals when taken consistently. Other studies in mice have also shown probiotics to improve memory, and reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, and OCD.
4. HELPS REDUCE FATIGUE & IMPROVE ENERGY LEVELS
Another dreaded part of getting older is not having enough energy to do the things you onced loved. Increased fatigue can indeed be a direct result of age, but what you may not know, is that these feelings may also be caused by poor gut health.
This is because unhealthy gut bacteria can prevent your body from properly digesting and absorbing vitamins and nutrients from food. This leaves you lacking key nutritional components needed for 'fuel' or energy. The result is often feelings of sluggishness, weakness, and fatigue.
Certain types of probiotic strains can also help create higher levels of vitamins K and B. These two vitamins are essential when it comes to energy production.
5. HELPS WITH HEALTHY WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
As we age, our metabolism slows and it becomes increasingly difficult to prevent steady weight gain. Loss of mobility is also another major contributing factor to weight gain as we age. A high quality probiotic can help you maintain a healthy weight and prevent obesity by keeping your appetite balanced and preventing cravings.
An overgrowth of harmful gut microbiota is often the culprit behind unhealthy sugar as carb cravings, as well as uncontrollable appetite. When you properly digest vitamins and nutrients, you will feel full longer and will be less likely to overeat or reach for snacks.
One study conducted on 210 healthy Japanese adults with large visceral fat areas (abdominal fat) found that the group consuming a probiotic beverage lost significantly more weight and body fat mass after 12 weeks of consumption
6. IMPROVES APPEARANCE OF SKIN, HAIR & NAILS
It's no surprise that the quality of our skin, hair and nails declines as we age. A healthy gut can help help retain skin's elasticity, promote hair growth and fullness, and strengthen nails.
Essentially, probiotics help prevent free radical damage to your skin, therefore protecting your complexion from harmful toxins and oxidative stress associated with premature aging.
A healthy gut is also needed to properly absorb the vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants from food that are essential for youthful-looking hair, skin and nails.
Often, your skin is the first place where an unhealthy gut will manifest itself, resulting in inflammatory responses such as rosacea, eczema, hyperpigmentation, or acne. A healthy balance of gut bacteria will resolve these inflammatory skin issues, as well as help fend off skin-harming pathogens and yeast.
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