Ex-soap stars on adverts might not be the most scientifically reliable sources, but trust us, yogurt is good for digestive health – and now, a study has shown the same stuff that helps your stomach could also put a smile on your face. The Institute of Brain and Cognition gave one group of people a placebo and another probiotics for four weeks, and analysed both groups at the start and end of the study. The group that took the probiotics had a significantly reduced focus on recurrent negative thoughts. Our advice is to go Greek: as well as having more muscle-building protein than standard yogurt, Greek yogurt also has a higher probiotic count because it’s more concentrated, so – like a middle-aged woman in a movie, escaping from a cheating husband to an idyllic island and finding herself – you’ll end up stronger and happier.
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Max was the head of digital content for Men's Fitness which worked alongside Coach between 2015 and 2019.