BELLY Secret Dials DOWN Blood Pressure

A staggering 40 percent of the world’s population has high blood pressure.

And all of those folks are at a significantly higher risk for developing related conditions, including heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure.

Doctors typically treat high blood pressure with drugs.

But these meds have some disturbing side effects. So, if they can be avoided (or reduced), they should be.

That’s why new research that’s revealed a weird belly secret that can NATURALLY lower blood pressure is so exciting.

And best of all, you can start putting it to work for you immediately.

I’m sure you’ve heard of probiotics by now.

If you’re a regular reader of Living Well Daily, you already know how vital these good gut bugs are for our health from head to toe.

But now, a new animal study published in the journal mSystems added yet another benefit to the list.

The research reveals that cultivating two specific probiotics can naturally lower blood pressure.

In tests on mice with high blood pressure, the bacteria Bifidobacterium lactis and Lactobacillus rhamnosus brought their blood pressure back to normal.

The probiotics changed the mix of microbes in the animal’s guts. And the researchers identified some metabolic pathways that might help explain their protective effect.

More research is needed to FULLY understand the connection. But it’s an exciting revelation.

In recent years, studies have revealed that the health of our gut and the microbes that call it home impact everything from inflammation to blood sugar control to brain health.

So, although it might sound strange, taking probiotics to improve blood pressure isn’t too much of a leap.

You’ll find Bifidobacterium lactis and Lactobacillus rhamnosus in various supplements. But they’re not the only healthy bacteria with BIG heart benefits.

I typically advise folks to take a quality supplement with a variety of probiotic strains as well as eat plenty of probiotic-rich foods such as sauerkraut, yogurt, miso, and tempeh.

Probiotics alone aren’t likely to cure hypertension, of course. But as part of a total wellness plan, they could significantly lower your numbers.

But don’t stop there. Commit to regular exercise and a healthy diet low in added sugars and empty carbs.

Then consider these other natural interventions that can support a healthy heart and blood pressure…

  • Fish Oil: Studies show that omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish oil) can reduce the risk of heart disease up to 52 percent. Omega-3s naturally dial down inflammation and soften arteries so that they stay flexible, naturally supporting healthy blood pressure. I typically suggest taking between 1,000 and 3,000 milligrams daily.
  • CoQ10 (CoenzymeQ10): Our bodies use the antioxidant enzyme CoQ10 for energy production, to lower inflammation, reduce blood clot risk, and discourage skipped heartbeats (like arrhythmias or atrial fibrillation). Since the heart is one of the body’s most energy-hungry organs, it needs CoQ10 to function properly.
  • Vitamin C: Humans are one of a few mammals that can’t produce their own vitamin C. We have to get this vital vitamin through diet. C can fight the hardening of arteries by preventing damage to LDL cholesterol. If you don’t supplement, chances are you don’t get enough of this vitamin, so add it to your list.
  • Antioxidants: There are many antioxidants to choose from, including vitamins A, C, and E. However, I encourage folks to consider a supplement with plant phytonutrients such as carotenoids, polyphenols, and flavonoids for potent antioxidant protection. Examples include EGCG (green tea extract), resveratrol (red wine extract), pycnogenol (pine tree extract), olive leaf extract, and curcumin.
  • Hawthorn: Hawthorne berries can help lower blood pressure while strengthening the heart muscle. Plus, the berries are full of flavonoids for extra antioxidant protection.

P.S. Beware of this DEADLY side effect linked to blood pressure drugs.

Source:

Yong Zhang, et al., “Probiotics Bifidobacterium lactis M8 and Lactobacillus rhamnosus M9 prevent high blood pressure via modulating the gut microbiota composition and host metabolic products,” mSystems, 19 October 2023, doi. org /10.1128/msystems.00331-2

Dr. Scott Olson, ND

Written By Dr. Scott Olson, ND

Nearly 25 years ago, failed mainstream medical treatments left Dr. Olson in constant pain – and his health in ruins. And that’s when he did something REVOLUTIONARY. He began his career in medicine – and dedicated his life to uncovering the true, underlying causes of disease.
Through his innovative medical practices in Tennessee and Colorado, Dr. Olson has helped cure countless seniors from across America of arthritis… heart disease… diabetes… and even cancer. All without risky prescription drugs or painful surgeries.

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