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A Relaxing Way to Develop a Healthy Gut

Toast with red wine

By now, we all know we need “good” bacteria in our gut. But beyond that, most people are clueless about how to maintain a healthy gut balance.

Most believe that eating yogurt will help. Not true. Yogurt doesn’t contain nearly enough probiotics to make a difference. But a new Spanish study sheds light on a surprising way to keep your gut healthy. It’s one most of us will appreciate…

For the study, published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 10 men consumed red wine for 20 days.1 For another 20 days, men drank a dealcoholized version of red wine. For a third round, men drank three ounces of gin for 20 days.

And that’s where it gets really interesting…

Researchers found that intestinal bacteria shifted in the men while all three beverages were consumed. However, gin showed to have the least effect on intestinal bacteria. But when the men drank both regular red wine and the non-alcoholic version, they had a greater percentage of good gut bacteria.

The red wine showed to be a great source of prebiotics, which act as food for healthy probiotics.

But it wasn’t the alcohol that improved bacteria. Red wine contains polyphenols—plant-based antioxidants found in a variety of foods. The polyphenols in red wine help the body digest food and regulate immune function.

“This study was the first to show that regular, moderate consumption of red wine could have a noteworthy effect on the growth of select gut microbiota,” study researchers said.

A healthy gut leads to less disease and less illness. A study published by the journal Nature studied the correlations between microbiota and health.

Researchers found people with a healthier gut scored better on tests measuring health and cognitive function.

Gastroenterologist Llseung Cho, who was not part of the study said, “What we’re only now beginning to realize is that there’s very close interaction between the bacteria within GI tract and human health and disease.”

If you have enough healthy bacteria in your gut, it can knock out the harmful kind. And at the same time it will help your body make vitamins and strengthen your immune system.

Red wine isn’t the only way to develop a healthy gut. But it is a nice relaxing way to. Polyphenols in red wine have also shown to benefit your heart. So you don’t have to feel guilty for indulging every now and then. A daily glass of red wine may be just what the doctor ordered. Or better yet…a way to keep the doctor away. Cheers to a healthy gut.

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References:
1 http://ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22552027
2 http://ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22797518

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Comments:

  1. Mike Maybury says:

    If this research is read by the average person I am sure that the result will be bad.
    Research is quite clear that alcohol in very small quantities MAY be beneficial for people over 50. These people are not the typical consumers.
    Far better to get the polyphenols by eating grapes, or other fruits and berries with similar properties as part of our regular food intake. Grape seeds and grape seed oil also contains similar benefits, I believe.
    The damage done by regular ( excessive) alcohol intake is many times that of any possible benefit from wine drinking in very modest quantities.
    As regards the bugs in our guts, there are many much cheper ways of increasing the microflora, including natural fibre in whole natural fruits, vegetables and wholegrains. These all contain miriads of other benefits as well. It is time that adults grew up and acted responsibly, rather than trying to excuse traditional bad habits based on outmoded methods of food preparation.
    Alcoholic drinks do far more harm than good. We have modern methods of preserving most of the benefits of fresh foods, which, in years gone by, did not exist. We have outlived the excessive salting of most foods which used to be common before refrigeration etc.

  2. Mike says:

    1.”50″ age is the baby boomer group which is the largest age group in the USA. To a gal of red wine (4 to 6 ounces) is considered “excessive”? How about non-alcoholic wine?

    2. The benefit of wine in very small or moderate amounts has been medically proven to be of benefit to the heart and benefit to de-stress people especially before bedtime.

    3. There has been some scientific data in reference to reducing heart attacks in regards to drinking small amounts of red wine. Of course we could bypass this whole idea by just taking high quality pro-biotics and multiple digestive enzymes on a daily basis.

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