Can Probiotics Help With Weight Loss?

Probiotics and Weight Loss

Bacteria living in our intestinal tract influence many aspects of our health.  Probiotics are microscopic bacteria that we eat for the health benefits.   The human body carries around 100 trillion microorganisms in the intestines.  These are called the gut flora.  Probiotics help to maintain the balance of bacteria in the gut.

The gut flora has an influential role on the progression of numerous diseases, including high cholesterol, heart disease, dementia, and obesity.   Good bacteria are helpful to reduce low-grade inflammation in the gut cells, which in turn, strongly impacts energy balance and weight loss.

What Studies are saying

Clinical studies have shown that specific strains of Lactobacillus gasseri, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus plantarum, and Bifidobacterium lactis provide benefits. They appear to reduce fat mass, body weight, and weight gain.  L. (Lactobacillus) gasseri appears to be the probiotic strain that can best assist weight loss in humans.   Japanese researchers suggest that L. gasseri suppresses dietary fat absorption in the small intestine, therefore inhibiting calorie intake.  This same strain of bacteria has been shown to lower cholesterol as well.   This is a very new area of research and we are still learning more about probiotics on a daily basis.

Lactobacillus gasseri and other healthy probiotics are found in most fermented foods, such as yoghurt, kefir, and pickled vegetables (kimchi and sauerkraut).  It is also found in breast milk to develop an infant’s immune system.

Probiotic supplements (pills) also contain various strains of healthy bacteria, and the doses of bacteria in them are well known.   It may be beneficial to look for a probiotic that contains at least L. gasseri, if not the other species that are mentioned above.

The Conclusion is

So, in conclusion, there is a link between gut bacteria and weight loss. Also, taking certain probiotics can positively influence weight loss.  Probiotics can assist you in shedding some pounds, but certainly are only a compliment to a healthy diet and regular exercise.

Probiotics are an essential component to the Gastrotrim 12-month comprehensive weight loss program. To learn more about the value of using probiotics as a dietary supplement, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Levy at the Gastrotrim Center by calling 480-757-8000.

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