Why Gut Health is So Important as We Age

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By: Monica Molenaar|Last updated: August 2, 2023
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Keeping your microbiome (or gut) populated with happy, good bacteria, is one of the big health secrets we’ve forgotten in the last 75 years, since the process of growing, making, and transporting our food became industrialized.

I could go on and on about fermented foods and how great they make me feel when I eat them regularly–homemade sauerkraut, kimchi in every possible form, miso, kombucha, kefir, tempeh…if it’s fermented, I eat it. Granted, I’m a little obsessed, but the science is clear that this is a super important part of how well our bodies function and how we can stave off inflammation and disease as we age.

Your gut’s connection to your overall health, including mental and emotional health, weight maintenance, skin health, and basically everything else, are now well-studied. Your gut is actually its own organ. Unhealthy gut=more inflammation, more sickness, worse mood, worse digestion and elimination, and more toxic buildup. A healthy gut has been linked to better digestion, weight loss, improved mood, and healthy longevity.

90% of serotonin–AKA happy chemicals–are produced in the gut.

A healthy gut not only means a healthier you, it means a happier you as well. And during perimenopause and menopause, this becomes especially important as both are associated with anxiety, depression, irritability, and mood swings.

Plus, as the estrogen in your body decreases, the lining of your gut will weaken and your microbiome will become less diverse naturally, unless you make an effort to keep it healthy. This can be done through eating the right foods consistently and taking a probiotic supplement, which ensures you keep good bacteria in your gut. Gut health is largely influenced by your diet. To improve and maintain a healthy guy, eating a diet filled with probiotics along with fiber-rich foods is key. While it sounds like a no-brainer, it’s not always obvious which foods are helpful and which are not.

  • DO load up on fermented foods (my fave). They contain lactobacilli, a gut benefitting bacteria.  

  • DON’T reach for flavored yogurts; they contain too many sugars. Stick to plain varieties instead.

  • DO eat lots of fruits and veggies. They’re the best source of nutrients for a healthy microbiome.

  • DO enjoy other fresh, whole foods like legumes, beans, and whole grains. 

An even easier way to keep your gut happy is by taking a synbiotic.

The benefit of a synbiotic is that it includes both probiotics (good bacteria and yeast) and prebiotic fiber (which feeds the good bacteria). That’s why we developed the Alloy Synbiotic. It delivers high quality spore probiotics (which, unlike most, don’t need refrigeration! bonus!), but also prebiotic fiber from golden kiwifruit and a citrus extract that can protect the gut barrier, decrease inflammation, and increase immunity. 

We’re not going to call it magic, but it's pretty close. And the best part is that it’s safe for everyone to use. We’ve given it to our whole families. And you don’t need a prescription to order it!

The feedback we’ve received from Alloy members is that they have improved digestion and elimination, increased energy, that they’re sick less often, and that they feel better overall. 

We designed it with women over 40 in mind—especially for you... Try it for three months and let us know how you feel.

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