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Is The Fountain of Youth Hidden in Your Gut?
You want to live a long, healthy life. And the key word there is healthy… because no one wants to suffer with a painful or debilitating condition for years, weeks, or even minutes.
In the ideal picture of your later years, you’re active… engaged… sharp… pain-free… happy. And here’s the great news: That picture is achievable, even if you’ve been struggling with some health issues.
The fact is, you have the power to change your health destiny. And you can do that by helping your gut microbiome – the trillions of bacteria in your gut – get the support they need to thrive.
How your gut bacteria help you live long and prosper
Over the course of your life, your gut bacteria makeup will change dramatically, and it starts early. After we’re introduced to solid foods as a baby, the gut microbiota begins to steadily diversify. As we move through life, some people will experience guts that are quite stable and balanced, while others may encounter a number of issues (due to food choices, toxins and stress, etc).
Once you hit late middle age, though, the differences start to compound and matter more.
Research shows that lean, active, vital older adults have very different gut microbiomes then their sicker, frailer counterparts. And specific age-related changes to the microbiome can result in a longer, healthier life.
- Healthy cholesterol levels
- Higher vitamin D levels
- Being able to walk faster
- Having better overall mobility
- Healthy inflammation responses
- Extended lifespans
On the flipside, older adults with sub-optimal gut microbiomes used more medications and were more likely to suffer from chronic health problems.
The healthy longevity gut profile
Science is now focused intently on the connection between healthy aging and a healthy gut microbiome. In fact, recent research has shed some light on exactly what makes for an optimal microbiome profile that can positively impact healthy longevity. Those traits include:
- More diversity among gut bacteria
- Probiotic bacteria that produce short chain fatty acids (SCFAs)
- Higher levels of Akkermansia, an important “keystone” strain of probiotic bacteria
The wrong gut bacteria threaten healthy aging
When your microbiome profile is less than ideal, it lowers your chances of living younger and longer. And unfortunately, it’s not hard for a gut microbiome to fall into a bad pattern and out of healthy balance. A gut in that condition contains less diverse populations of bacteria and substantially fewer beneficial probiotics.
That condition is called dysbiosis, and it can have a negative impact on your total body health as well as your longevity.
When your aging gut is full of the wrong bacteria, you’ll be more susceptible to what we think of as age-related diseases. Sick and frail elderly people tend to have large populations of pro-inflammatory pathogenic bacteria and relatively few probiotics in their gut microbiomes. Those bacteria promote what scientists call “inflammaging,” and they can disrupt optimal immune system function.
That sets the stage for unhealthy aging.
But you have the power to make a positive change as early as today, and it starts by shifting how you support your gut microbiome.
Support healthy gut balance and longevity success
You can change your health destiny by reshaping your gut microbiome with a combination of spore probiotics and targeted prebiotics.
Specific kinds of spore probiotics, which have a unique protective casing, can survive all the hazards of digestion, including stomach acid. Unlike more fragile “regular” probiotics that need to be refrigerated, targeted spore probiotics can withstand the high temperatures of your digestive tract to arrive in your gut 100% alive and ready to get to work.
Once spore probiotics reach the gut, they begin setting the stage for a diverse population of probiotic bacteria. Plus, on their own, spore probiotics encourage the production of short chain fatty acids (SCFA), which have dozens of well-known health benefits from weight management to immune system support. Spore probiotics also produce essential nutrients like B vitamins and other healthy compounds such as antioxidants.
Most exciting: A special strain of spore probiotics known as Bacillus subtilis HU58™ was shown to support the lifespan and healthy longevity in C. elegans (a species used to model the effects on humans). The researchers were so excited by this finding that they wrote: “probiotics represent the Holy Grail.”
The right kind of probiotic is a necessary foundational step towards feeling your best. And – To sustain a flourishing, diverse probiotic population in your gut microbiome, you need to nourish your probiotics with their preferred food: prebiotic fiber.
One quick note on prebiotics: Not any old prebiotics will do. You want to make sure to target those SCFA-producing strains… especially keystone strains like Akkermansia. These health-promoting probiotic strains crave certain prebiotics such as fructooligosaccharides (FOS). So when you choose a prebiotic, make sure it’s one that’s proven to fuel your keystone beneficial bacteria while staying far away from the bad bacteria. (The last thing you want to do is give food to the bad guys!)
Supplying your gut microbiome with spore probiotics and the right prebiotics can help keep it in healthy balance – whatever your age.
Feel your best and support health aging with Just Thrive
You can keep your gut microbiome in healthy balance and encourage keystone strains with Just Thrive Probiotic and Just Thrive Precision PREbiotic.
Just Thrive Probiotic contains four clinically studied strains of spore probiotics including:
- Bacillus subtilis HU58™
- Bacillus clausii
- Bacillus coagulans
- Bacillus indicus HU36™
Just Thrive Precision PREbiotic contains a blend of clinically-tested prebiotics that specifically nourish keystone bacteria. Every dose of Just Thrive Precision PREbiotic contains:
- Fructooligosaccharides (FOS)
- Galactooligosaccharides (GOS)
- Xylooligosaccharides (XOS)
Enjoy the lifelong benefits of a healthy gut microbiome with Just Thrive.