PROBIOTICS 101: PROBIOTICS AND WEIGHT LOSS

2016. IT’S HERE. AND IT’S NOT GOING ANYWHERE.

It’s no secret that the New Year brings the desire for big change. Better health and weight loss are often at the top of the list.

The problem is, many people don’t know where to begin. If you Google “how to lose weight” you’ll be bombarded with a deluge of information. And worse, much of it is conflicting. “Eat fruit!” “Don’t eat fruit!” “All carb!” “No carb!”… It’s a nightmare. Overwhelmed and confused, people turn to fad diets and terrifying diet pills that do nothing but wreak havoc on your inner ecosystem.

“If you want to support a healthy, safe, and natural weight loss, there is no better tool to arm yourself with than a reliable probiotic.” –Probacto.com

Health and wellness begin in the gut. So there’s really no better way to begin your journey to a healthier you than right within your own body. You’ll want to start, of course, by cleaning up your eating habits. By that I DO NOT mean start the Master Cleanse (please, please don’t start the Master Cleanse!) What I mean is simply make sure you’re eating lots of real, whole foods like vegetables, fruits, proteins and fats while eliminating consumption of processed foods with added sugar.

probiotics and weight-loss

Beneficial bacteria feed on the fiber found in foods like veggies, so you’ll need plenty to keep those good bacteria alive and keep your gut working the way it should. But unfortunately in today’s world, healthy eating alone isn’t enough.

“You’ve got trillions of bacteria that help you digest food, but when you don’t have enough kinds of bacteria in there, it can contribute to a lot of issues with your health, and there’s a real correlation with low gut diversity and obesity.” –Brad Pilon, Nutrition consultant

Due to factors like anxiety, antibiotic use, processed food consumption, added sugar, too much wheat consumption and lack of sleep, our good gut bacteria die off- leaving too many of the bad bacteria left to feast on our insides. If it sounds unpleasant that’s because it is.

SO, HOW EXACTLY DO PROBIOTICS HELP WITH WEIGHT LOSS?

“Gut bacteria don’t just aid in digestion, they actually play a critical role in our metabolism. They influence the way we store fat, regulate glucose, express metabolism genes and they can even regulate our appetite…”

  •  They enhance your metabolism

A study published in the Journal of Functional Foods found that subjects supplementing with a quality probiotic containing the right strains of bacteria experienced an increase in metabolic rate, and a decrease in overall body fat. The probiotics cause the body to use food as fuel, rather than store it as fat.

  • They combat digestive issues

Probiotics help repopulate the natural good bacteria present in your gut to rebalance your microbiome and restore your health.

“…Groundbreaking science is indicating that the balance of gut bacteria might be one of the biggest, if not the biggest, factor in controlling appetite, metabolic health and weight.” –LoveBug Probiotics

WHICH STRAINS OF PROBIOTICS BENEFIT WEIGHT LOSS?

If weight loss is your goal, be sure to look for these strains of helpful bacteria in your probiotic supplement. LoveBug’s probiotics are filled with these high quality strains of helpful bacteria to help you achieve all of your healthy living goals.

Lactobacillus gasseri - L.gasseri is often described as “the fitness probiotic” due to its ability to help regulate leptin, a hormone that plays a crucial role in metabolism and fat storage.

Bifidobacterium lactis - Normally found in the intestine and colon, B. lactis works to break down body waste and help the body absorb nutrients, vitamins and minerals.

Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG - The #1 most clinically studied probiotic strain in the world. L. rhamnosus GG was isolated and patented in 1985 by Dr. Gorbach and Dr. Goldin. It has been in use for 30 years and has been in more than 800 publications and the focus of more than 200 clinical trials to date. L. rhamnosus GG is famous for helping with an enormous amount of issues including intestinal permeability.

Bifidobacterium bifidum - This super strain promotes bacterial balance and digestion.

Lactobacillus acidophilus - L. acidophilus aids the immune system by helping to keep the balance of good vs. bad bacteria in check.

Tune in for the next edition for more answers to all your gut health questions!