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Will We Use Probiotics As Anti-Aging Supplements in The Future?

The human digestive tract is home to 100 trillion bacteria, and there are also myriad other micro-organisms such as archaea, fungi, and viruses in one’s gut. 
 
If you keep your gut healthy, it helps to maintain the health of the rest of your body, as gut health has a beneficial effect on your overall health. Conversely, if your gut microbiome (which is composed of bacteria and other microbes in your gut) is out of balance, then this has an adverse effect on your health. The gut flora can be out of balance due to a preponderance of harmful bacteria (bacteria that have detrimental effects) rather than good bacteria (bacteria that improve your health).  
 
It behooves one to know the status of one’s gut health. Trust your gut – what it tells you is essential for your overall well-being. If your gut microbiome analysis shows you have too many bad bacteria and too few good bacteria, a condition known as dysbiosis, you are well-advised to take probiotics. Probiotics are good bacteria found in the human gut that benefit one’s health. Dysbiosis is associated with a host of diseases. In fact, taking the right mixture of probiotics to balance your gut microbiome by replenishing the good missing bacteria might prevent or have the potential to help with numerous conditions. These conditions include Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, lactose intolerance, obesity, inflammation, Type 2 diabetes, Leaky Gut Syndrome, cardiovascular problems, colon cancer, tooth decay, gum disease, urinary tract infection, prevention of allergies, neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders and reduction of inflammation in autoimmune disorders. Probiotics possibly also lower cholesterol and blood pressure. This means that taking probiotics based on your unique need can help you live longer, as they might help prevent or treat a wide range of diseases.  
 
Gerobiotics: A healthy gut even contributes to healthy aging and longevity 
 
Our ancestors often ate fermented foods, such as kefir, yogurt, kimchi, and sauerkraut, which contain good bacteria. In fact, Elie Metchnikoff (the Russian zoologist who won a Nobel Prize in 1906 and first discovered that there are beneficial bacteria in our gut) theorized that Bulgarian peasants drank yogurt with Lactobacilli lived longer than people elsewhere because the bacteria they ingested with the yogurt. Probiotics, thus, might have an anti-aging effect and help you retain your youthful vigour. Some researchers want to name probiotics that promote longevity probiotics.  
 
It is known that aging is associated with a loss of gut microbiome diversity. The diversity of the gut flora is the variety of bacteria found in the digestive tract, and greater variety is associated with better health and with youth. In addition, aging is associated with dysbiosis; as we age, the abundance of certain good bacteria in our gut decrease (including Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species), while the bad bacteria in our gut increase in number (including strains of Enterobacteria and Clostridium).  
 
Aging is associated with nutritional changes and a greater likelihood of having diseases and taking medications. These three factors can alter the gut microbiome for the worse, leading to greater susceptibility to infections (as the gut flora helps the immune system). Frailty in the elderly might be worsened by dysbiosis. According to the gastroenterologist Dr. Shekhar Challa, probiotics can help one combat many of the challenges one faces with age. Perhaps in the not-so-very-distant future, one will be able to take probiotics as supplements to increase one’s overall quality of life and life span.   

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