Could the secret to a long life already be inside of you?
When you’re having a great day, you probably feel half your age. There’s a spring in your step… and a song in your heart.
Of course, you want to hang on to that wonderful feeling for as long as you can.
But no matter how high the sun is in the sky… or how sweetly the birds are singing in the trees… you can’t put off the inevitable.
Getting older is a fact of life.
Now, stopping the clock altogether may be impossible, but according to the latest research, slowing it down is within our reach.
Scientists at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas Health Science Center have identified something that just may help you hang on to your youthful glow — and it all boils down to the bugs in your gut.
In the study on worms (which are often used in studies like this), the researchers studied the effects of gut bacteria on their lifespans.
After selectively deleting some DNA, the scientists discovered that 12 genes in particular — all found in gut bacteria — slowed down the progression of both tumors and Alzheimer’s disease, helping the worms to live longer and better.
Here’s where it gets really interesting — because these SAME genes are also found in HUMAN gut bacteria!
If you’ve been reading my eTips for a while now, you’ve picked up on the fact that the millions of microbes in your body — particularly in your gut — have a big impact everything from your immunity to your mood. GI abnormalities, in fact, could worsen accelerate symptoms of seemingly unrelated diseases like Parkinson’s.
And those are the diseases that age you prematurely.
So, it’s no wonder that the secret to a long life may be in your gut. That’s why it’s especially important to maintain a healthy microbiome by keeping your gut flora balanced.
You can start by cultivating a gut where good bugs can flourish. The bad news is: That means cutting out processed sugar and processed foods.
The good news is: The bad bugs love that stuff, and they can’t survive if you don’t eat anything they can feed on.
You do, however, want to feed the good bacteria, so they can multiply and be healthy. You can do that by taking prebiotics, which are technically dietary fibers, and oligosaccharides (a type of carbohydrate).
Prebiotics are available in supplement form, but prebiotic-rich foods like dandelion greens, garlic, leeks, and onions are easy, delicious additions to mealtime.
It’s a good idea to take a daily probiotic supplement, too. Look for one with billions of CFUs and multiple strains of bacteria, from a maker you trust.