1. Your belly bugs can beef up your bones

    Good health begins and ends in your gut.

    Boy, is that becoming clearer and clearer.

    Researchers keep stumbling upon surprising ways that probiotics -- which are beneficial bacteria that populate your gut -- can support your health in parts of your body far removed from where they take up residence!

    Recently, I've told you about how probiotics can wipe out seasonal allergies and protect you from blood poisoning (a.k.a. sepsis ).

    And according to a new study, they can even fortify your BONES!

    In the study, Swedish researchers randomly divided a group of 90 older women with low bone mineral density (BMD, a measure of bone strength) into two groups.

    Half of them took a powder containing probiotics every day over the course of a year, while the other half took a placebo.

    By the end of the study, when the researchers compared CT scans of the women's lower legs to scans taken at the beginning of the study, they found that those who took the probiotic powder lost HALF as much bone as those who took the placebo.

    That means that their bones were a heck of a lot stronger and less likely to snap like twigs.

    And unlike osteoporosis drugs -- which can come with some pretty hefty hazards, from a-fib to increased cancer risk -- the probiotic powder caused NO side effects.

    Now, the study didn't determine exactly how critters that live in your gut can slow deterioration in your bones.

    But previous research on mice has shown that probiotics can up the levels of a bone-building hormone called "osteocalcin" in your blood and increase the number of bone-forming cells called "osteoblasts" in your skeleton.

    Plus, we know that probiotics can lower the levels of inflammation throughout your body -- and inflammation is a major risk factor for osteoporosis .

    And in the study, probiotics were so effective at slashing bone loss that the researchers wagered that they'll "be an effective and safe way to prevent the onset of osteoporosis in many older people in the future."

    But why wait for the future when you can start beefing up your bones right NOW?

    Look for a brand of probiotic supplements with multiple human-tested strains and colony-forming units (CFUs) in the billions.

    Drinking tea... exercising regularly... and getting ample amounts of magnesium and vitamins D and K (which help calcium do its job) can also strengthen your bones and ward off osteoporosis.

  2. A surefire way to beat the summer sniffles

    As warmer temperatures arrive now that it’s “officially” summer, you may be relieved to say goodbye to one of the worst cold and flu seasons we've had in years.

    But don't pack away your boxes of tissues just yet... because even while cold-weather-loving rhinoviruses are on their way out, warm-weather-loving enteroviruses are on their way IN!

    Enteroviruses cause 10 to 15 million illnesses each year -- primarily between June and October -- which means that you can STILL get walloped by a cold or flu during the summer.

    And if you catch one, you've got to worry about more than just the sniffles -- because upper respiratory infections can open the door to pneumonia, heart attacks , and even neurological problems.

    But according to a new study, there's a natural way to protect yourself from these nasty summer bugs.

    You just need to fill your belly with GOOD bugs, a.k.a. probiotics!

    In the study, Chinese researchers recruited folks who'd had a cold or flu at least four times in the previous year and randomly divided them into two groups: Every day for three months, half drank a probiotic yogurt drink, while the other half drank a placebo without probiotics.

    By the end of the study, those in the placebo group caught significantly MORE colds and flu-like viruses than those in the probiotic group.

    What's more, even when the folks in the probiotic group did come down with an upper respiratory infection, they suffered for FEWER days than those in the placebo group.

    Now, if you've been reading my eTips for a while, you know that probiotics can fortify your immune system, making it less likely that cold and flu bugs can gain a foothold.

    And sure enough, those who drank the probiotic yogurt had higher levels of an immune-boosting cell called cytokine IFN-Y in their blood than those in the placebo group.

    So, if you want to spend more time enjoying the summer sunshine -- and less time in bed with a drippy cold -- fend off those bad bugs with some good ones!

    Fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, kefir, kimchi, and kombucha are rich in these beneficial bacteria.

    But if you don't care for the tart taste of these foods, you can also supplement with a probiotic from a trusted maker.

    Look for a brand with multiple human-tested strains and colony forming units (CFUs) in the billions.

    While you're at it, don't forget to get ample sleep, keep sugar to a minimum, and get enough vitamin C and D -- all of which can boost your chances of beating colds before they start.

    But if you do get walloped with a cold, I’ve discovered a homeopathic therapy that I would consider the “gold standard” in nipping it in the bud.

    That is, if you can get to it quickly enough.

    It’s an herbal remedy called UMCKA Cold Care that’s made from the herb Pelargonium sidoides, which is basically African geranium. Start taking it at the start of the sniffles or the throat tickles and sore throat -- before the virus gets too deeply embedded.

    What’s more, you can also consider supplementing with elderberry extract or echinacea at the first sign of symptoms to ease your misery.

  3. Probiotics in yogurt fight superbugs

    This breakfast staple outsmarts bugs that kill Whether it's the football game of the year... the latest comic book hero movie... or the sale of the season, anything that's called "super" is usually the biggest and the best. But modern life has also brought us some pretty dangerous "super" things -- and by far the worst are "superbugs," those infectious...
  4. Probiotics reduce your odds of getting colds

    Keep colds at bay with good bugs You sense the sore throat, sniffling, and sneezing coming on... AGAIN. It feels like your winter cold is about to have an encore or a "three-peat" -- but you don't want tickets to THIS event. You might think that cold season must be over, since it's already March. And while it's true that...
  5. Study finds airplanes are a cesspool of immune system challenging germs

    Sickening bacteria like E.coli and MRSA can survive on airplane surfaces for up to one full week. But having a bulked up immune system can keep you safe.
  6. Drop 10 pounds with probiotics

    Could safe, natural probiotics help you cut the string on yo-yo dieting for good? A new study proves that probiotics can help you drop weight quickly and keep the stubborn fat from returning.
  7. How probiotics can ease stress and anxiety

    Probiotics aren't just good for digestion. They can also help improve your mood, ease anxiety and fight stress.
  8. Gut bugs for weight loss

    A new study claims you might lose weight by eating the poop bacteria from skinny people. Ewww!
  9. Probiotics boost D levels

    You can raise your D levels without boosting your supplement dose -- all you have to do is make sure your gut has the bacteria it needs to absorb the vitamin.
  10. Probiotics slash antibiotic infection risk

    Taking a probiotic supplement with your antibiotic can slash the risk of one of the worst drug side effects: infection with C. diff, the deadly "pooping germ."

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