What are the main probiotic benefits for weight loss?
Farmers have been using antibiotics to fatten their chickens, cows, sheep and even pigs for more than six decades now.
It was just accidental since the antibiotics were first introduced as a way to keep the animals from diseases.
Then the farmers realized that the stock on antibiotics was actually getting bigger and tipping the scales more; it was good for business, and it has been so since the 50’s.
Well, nothing lasts forever right…?
Just when things were going great in farmers’ markets…science had to poke its nose in and spoil it for all carnivorous men and women!
But this time…for a good healthy reason.
Dr. Cho from the Medical Center at NYU (New York University) thinks the overuse of these fattening antibiotics could be killing us slowly by making us fat and killing the bacteria that helps us stay lean.
Your internal ecosystem is complex and there are so many types of bacteria that do your body more good than harm.
The antibiotics wipe off these dastardly “good soldiers”; sometimes with very dire and irreparable damages.
The most important of these healthy strands of bacteria live in your gut and the lesser you have…the more nasty things are for you.
Why Are Antibiotics Bad for Your Gut? How Does This Affect Your Weight?
Ever heard of Metabolic Syndrome? No…? Don’t worry; the guy sitting next to you probably doesn’t know what this is either!
But just to get things moving swiftly…this is basically a constellation of conditions associated with increased weight gain and obesity such as an imbalance in blood sugar, hypertension and high cholesterol.
All of which can easily lead to type 2 diabetes, hepatic steatosis (fatty liver) as well as fatal cardiovascular complications (including heart attacks).
The scary part of course being that 1 out of every 3 Americans is directly affected by this metabolic syndrome in one way or another.
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So What’s The Deal Here?
It is very simple. We are ingesting too much antibiotics through the farm reared meat(s) we eat and through prescriptions.
You have at least taken an antibiotic once in your life; whether orally or through an injection. What does all this antibiotics OD (overdose) do to your guts? It messes up your “diversity”!
Okay…a quick glimpse into human biology 101…diversity simply means the number of bacteria species that you currently host in your gut.
And doctors have singled out one particular bacteria known as Bifidobacteria as the most important when it comes to gaining or shedding weight.
Children with a deficiency of this bifidobacteria were more likely to become overweight in future compared to those who had this type of bacteria in high numbers.
Basically, the 2 families of bacteria good for our gut are firmicutes and bacteroidetes. The body needs a perfect balance of these two to maintain weight within acceptable limits.
How do changes in your gut’s diversity affect your weight?
You can suffer leaky gut which has been associated with blood sugar and obesity problems.
A leaky gut also allows harmful bacteria toxins into your bloodstream which causes significant weight gain even without a change in diet.
Biology has proven to us that healthy bacteria help us extract energy from the food we eat. They actually account for 5 – 10 percent of the calories our bodies need every day.
A deficiency in these good bacteria can also cause hormonal imbalances creating chaos with your blood sugar and satiety.
How Probiotics Remedy This Weight Problem
While we have seen how antibiotics work to take out your defenses; leaving you prone to weight gain, we are now going to take a look at how probiotics help you to counter the problem of excess weight in a very sustainable natural way.
The trick is in healing your gut, to heal your weight!
Probiotics are microorganisms that are introduced into your body to provide you with several health benefits.
They can improve your immune system’s function, digestive system and also help you maintain a healthy heart.
Most of these probiotics can be found naturally in cultured or fermented foods such as kimchi which is made from fermented veggies or kefir made from cultured milk.
You can also find probiotics in yogurt, sauerkraut, tempeh from fermented soybeans, sour pickles, and so on.
Probiotics help you break down excess fat and fiber thus helping you keep away from obesity while still keeping you free of toxins released into your bloodstream by food that remains in your gut without being digested.
You can use probiotic benefits for weight loss as part of the weight loss program you already have in place or planning to start for faster results.