There is an infinite number of micro flaura present in our body that is beneficial for the process of digestion. It is a proven fact that in the absence of such bacterial environment, a human being can develop numerous pathological conditions. Probiotics are the live microorganisms intended to have health benefits. Probiotics are good bacteria that maintain a healthy state of our digestive system.
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Probiotics are naturally found in our body. We can obtain probiotics from a number of food products such as yoghurt and few dietary supplements. They are also found in a number of skin products. Two most common types of probiotics are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.
Benefits of Probiotics:
- Enhance digestion
- Strengthen immune system
- Eliminate toxins
Probiotics for weight loss
It was published in International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition that people consuming Probiotics got reduced BMI and weight with the greatest reduction in overweight individuals. A few of the research group have proved that they help the body in breaking down what body cannot digest therefore converting it into healthy short-chain fatty acids like butyrate.
Human and animal studies have presented the theory that gut bacteria are entirely different in the normal people from the obese people. There are also some animal studies showing that when the gut bacteria from obese mice are transplanted into guts of lean mice, the lean mice gets fat.
There is also another study that points to the weight regulation property of Probiotics. It states that certain Probiotics inhibit the absorption of dietary fats, increasing the number of fat excreted out in the faeces. They also make the intestinal walls less permeable such that molecules contributing to obesity are unable to enter your bloodstream.
Probiotics may also help fighting obesity in other ways:
- These may help release the satiety (appetite-reducing) hormone GLP-1. Increased levels of this hormone may help you burn calories and fat.
- These may increase levels of the protein ANGPTL4. This may lead to decreased fat storage.
Some Probiotics May Prevent Weight Gain
Losing weight is not the only way to fight obesity. Prevention is even more important, as in preventing the weight from accumulating in the first place.
In a 4-week study, taking a Probiotic formulation called VSL#3 reduced weight gain and fat gain on a diet where people were overfed by 1000 calories per day.
In the end, I would like to conclude by saying that Probiotics good for weight gain aspect is still under intensive research. So we cannot blindly rely on the use of Probiotics to obtain weight loss. There are a few efficient sources of Probiotics as in Fermented foods, organic and raw foods or a Probiotic supplement.