What are Probiotics and Do They Help with Weight Loss?
We’ve already established they’re good for us, but do you know precisely what probiotics are? If you’re the squeamish type, you probably just want to scroll on down to the next blog. While super good for you, probiotics are kind of gross when you have type out what they are.
Are you still with us? OK…have it your way….
They are tiny bugs armed with biologically fashioned Chinese-stars.
OK, OK, maybe we went a little overboard there.
The truth is, a mix of that story and some science. Probiotics are good bacteria that are the same or very close to the good bacteria we have in our bodies.
Um…what is “GOOD” bacteria, isn’t it all upchuckingly gross?
Negative ghost rider, keep calm and keep reading.
Good bacteria actually keep us healthy. They fight off bad bacteria, create a delicate balance in the body, boost the immune system—and what they’re known mostly for is keeping the gut healthy.
That’s important because that is the foundation of your immune system. If your gut ain’t happy, ain’t no one happy.
Your body is swarming with these little good guys—especially your intestines.
EW, just shivered picturing these microscopic organisms taking up real estate in my body. Sorry good bacteria–please don’t go.
In fact, without this good bacteria, or enough of it, bad bacteria can cause digestive issues, skin conditions, weight gain and other health problems.
And everyone knows weight gain can cause a host of other issues. So let’s talk about how probiotics can help with weight loss.
Probiotics and Weight Loss
Certain probiotics aid in weight loss. Lactobacillus Gasseri has been shown in studies to prevent visceral fat and to suppress fat absorption which increases the amount of fat excreted during your post-coffee meeting with the porcelain gods, aka toilet.
In addition to reducing stomach fat and preventing fat absorption, this family of probiotics has also been shown to:
- Improve heart health, digestive health and immune function.
- Reduce appetite.
- Increase specific protein levels.
All of these benefits lead to weight loss and health.
This is important because studies show that lean and healthy people have different bacteria in their bodies than overweight people. So we know these uber tiny bugs can really make a difference in someone’s weight loss and health endeavors.
In these studies, there was one probiotic in particular that triggered weight loss. Lactobacillus Gasseri. Oooooh, say it again.
Lactobacillus Gasseri Probiotic Helps with Weight Loss
Studies in humans show it provides the following benefits over a 12-week period:
- Reduced belly fat by 8.5%
- Reduced body weight.
- Reduced waist size.
- Reduced hip circumference.
- Reduced fat around organs.
- Reduced BMI.
LG is a strain isolated from human breast milk and affects expression of fatty acid oxidation-related genes and reduced levels of leptin. It also has anti-diabetes activity through reduction of blood glucose levels in studies on type 2 diabetic mice.
In layman’s terms–lactobacillus gasseri affected gastrointestinal hormones that impact weight. Even simpler: LG helps you lose weight. Boom.
Probiotics are also used to treat irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease.
You can purchase these probiotics, or you can also get them from food sources like some cheeses, yogurts and special milks.
So, while these uggie buggies may not sound appetizing—this blog should have you ready to binge on some probiotic bugs stat.
Need more help balancing nutrients in your body? Go here. Then cross that finish line.