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.