frailty

  1. The good bacteria that will keep you alive

    The gross little germs that will keep you healthy

    Bacteria get plenty of blame when you get sick, but they never seem to get any credit when you're healthy.

    So let me change that.

    Your gut is swimming in bacteria, including ugly little beasts that would make people scream if they were big enough to fill a movie theater screen.

    But they're actually your friends -- not dangerous monsters. (Most of 'em, anyway.)

    One new study of gut bacteria in 178 seniors in their 70s and 80s finds that those with the widest array of bugs in their stomach did best on cognitive tests as well as tests designed to measure frailty when compared to seniors with less diverse gut colonies.

    Surprised? Don't be, because as I've told you before your stomach bacteria are responsible for so much more than just digestion.

    Gut imbalances can cause or worsen mental illness, depression, multiple sclerosis, muscular problems, asthma, and more. They're also critical to your immune system and overall good health.

    Ever wonder why so many people get sick and die AFTER they take an antibiotic? It's not because the drug failed -- it's because it worked too well, killing off all the friendly bacteria and giving the drug-resistant baddies a chance to flourish.

    The researchers behind the new study say the best way to keep a diverse gut population is with a diverse diet, but that's not quite the whole story. There are plenty of "diverse" foods that won't affect your gut bacteria one way or the other.

    You need foods rich in friendly bacteria -- like nature's best and most delicious probiotic, farm-fresh raw milk.

    In addition, add a probiotic supplement to your regimen (and I mean an honest-to-goodness supplement, not some sugary yogurt drink that screams "PROBIOTIC!!!" on the label).

    Double up on it if you're taking or have recently taken an antibiotic.

    Also, stay out of nursing homes. Seniors in the new study who lived in care facilities actually had the least diverse gut colonies of all -- more proof that you simply can't stay healthy on a diet of green Jell-O and instant potatoes.

  2. Low testosterone linked to frailty

    I've been warning men of the dangers of low testosterone for years... and now that the mainstream is catching on, I wish I'd kept my mouth shut.

    Now that they've "discovered" the problem, they're only too happy to offer you a dangerous Big Pharma solution.

    How typical!

    You don't need their drugs... but you probably do need a natural testosterone boost, and a new study shows one more reason why: Low testosterone levels will turn you into a sickly weakling.

    Australian researchers looked at data on more than 3,600 men between the ages of 70 and 88, and found that those with the lowest testosterone levels were most likely to be frail, or become frail over the following years.

    These were sad, tired old people who had difficulty with basic acts like climbing a flight of stairs or walking a block, and facing conditions like diabetes, heart disease or arthritis.

    Some of them were just plain wasting away.

    Think that can't happen to you? Sorry, pal -- but it IS happening, right now, as you sit there reading this.

    Men need more testosterone as we age, but nature's played a cruel trick on us: Our bodies make less and less every year.

    Low testosterone won't just increase your odds of frailty -- it can hurt you in every way, from low energy levels to sex problems to cobwebs in your brain. And it doesn't wait for your golden years. These problems can start at just about any time from middle age on.

    So here's what you need to do: First, turn off the TV so you don't have to listen to that goofball in the commercials prattle on about "low T."

    God forbid they actually use the word "testosterone."

    Then, you'll need to have your levels checked -- but don't ask your regular doctor to do it, because he'll just push a prescription for dangerous synthetic testosterone on you.

    He's seen the commercials, too.

    Instead, visit a doctor who has expertise in natural hormones. He can check your levels, top you off naturally -- and keep tabs on you to make sure it's working.

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