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Could Probiotics Benefit Your Health?

The health benefits of probiotics are extensive. Here's how to include them in your diet. We've all seen the ads for food that contains "friendly bacteria". The technical name for these is probiotics and their supporters claim that they provide a wide range of health benefits.

The key claim is that probiotics help to regulate your digestive system, but new research shows they may also improve heart health. According to an Australian study, participants with high blood pressure were able to lower it after eight weeks of consuming foods that were rich in the bacteria.

What are probiotics?

According to the NHS, probiotics are healthy strands of bacteria that exist in certain foods. They help restore and maintain your body's natural balance of bacteria.

Where to find "friendly bacteria"

Before making any changes to your diet, you should talk to your doctor to make sure that it doesn't conflict with any medications you may be taking. If you're comfortable with introducing probiotics to your diet, some of the following foods that contain these live cultures, as noted in Women's Health magazine:

  • Yoghurt​
  • Soft cheeses (cheddar and gouda have the most cultures)
  • Miso soup
  • Fermented cabbage (found in sauerkraut)
  • Dietary supplements

As with any food, it's advisable to use these sources of probiotics in moderation and as part of a balanced diet.

'Disappearing Neurons' Blamed for Insomnia

Researchers from the University of Toronto and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have found that sleep-controlling neurons exists in much lower levels in older adults. Several factors could lead to sleep problems in older adults, from physical pain to the use of certain medications. However, researchers from the University of Toronto and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre have found another reason that could be to blame for insomnia among the older generation.

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Hormone 'Indicates Healthy Ageing'

U.K. researchers from Aston University found that the hormone Irisin is released after a period of exercise, and they have connected those levels to how well a person ages. After a long workout, you may feel a sudden burst of energy, strength or hunger. Researchers from Aston University in Birmingham found that the hormone Irisin, released after a period of exercise, is linked to how well a person ages.

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Positive Self-Esteem 'Means Healthier Old Age'

There's a new reason to work on your self confidence. Older adults who feel good about themselves likely feel better in general, according to researchers at Concordia University. There's a new reason to work on your self confidence. Older adults who feel good about themselves are likely to feel better in general, according to researchers at America's Concordia University.

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Aspirin 'May Help Cancer and Dementia'

While aspirin is most commonly used to relieve muscle pain, there are other benefits of taking the medicine that some may not know about. While aspirin is most commonly used to relieve muscle pain, there are other benefits of taking the medicine that some may not know about.

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