“I don’t want a flat stomach” – said no one ever!
…And everyone knows how tricky shedding the extra pounds can be.
Diets, exercises, weight loss medicines, surgeries – you name it and someone you know has probably tried out at least one of these to lose weight. Desired results, though, have mostly remained as elusive as the gold of El Dorado.
Most of us think – and not wrongfully so – that dropping excess weight involves two main things: eat less and exercise more. But, there can be other factors at play as well.
One of these factors is the health of the gut.
There are a ton of bacteria (don’t be alarmed, these are friendly bacteria!) that live in our intestines that may play a variety of useful roles in the body, including metabolizing nutrients from food. These bacteria that are beneficial for our health, are known as probiotics. (1)
Curious? Read on to learn about probiotics and how these are helpful in weight loss and maintaining good health.
What are Probiotics?
Probiotics are live microorganisms that have many health benefits (2). Basically, these are ‘helpful’ and ‘good’ bacteria because they help keep our gut healthy. These can be found in kimchi, sauerkraut, some cheeses, yogurts, and other dairy products like Lactobacillus milk or kefir. (3)
What does Science say about the effectiveness of Probiotics?
If you are still not convinced about the awesome effects of probiotics, you can consider these powerful research-backed facts on how probiotics promote good health.
Support Weight Management
Certain studies are now finding that probiotics may be able to help individuals reduce body weight, especially belly fat.
Probiotics may help release the satiety hormone GLP-1, which in turn might lead the body to burn calories and fat (4, 5). The protein ANGPTL4 may also be affected by probiotics, which may help reduce fat storage (6).
Researchers found that probiotics play a vital role in suppressing appetite by limiting the amount of leptin produced in the body (7). Some studies link gut microbiota (formerly called gut flora, the microbes living in our intestine) with energy intake and a healthy metabolism (8, 9).
These good and friendly bacteria may also improve gut health, thereby reducing systemic inflammation and risks of numerous health issues, including obesity (10, 11).
Promote a healthy immune system
An imbalance of microflora in your intestines can wreak havoc with your immune system because your immune system is almost entirely in your gut! Plus, a major mechanism of probiotic action is the regulation of immune response. (12)
Moreover, it can be used as an innovative tool for improving dysfunctions of the gut mucosal barrier, including food allergy, acute gastroenteritis, and inflammatory bowel disease (13).
In fact, it may also help to keep your body free from invasions and boosts the overall well-being of a person.
Promotes healthy bowel movements & helps manage constipation
A study conducted by The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging has shown that probiotics may have a positive effect on bowel movements, especially among elderly people (14). A product containing probiotics particularly, Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium, may help improve stool frequency and reduce ITT (intestinal transit time) in constipated adults (15).
Probiotics may help promote healthy bowel movements by improving the natural balance of bacteria in your digestive system (16).
Probiotics offer a wide range of health benefits. These may help you keep your gut healthy and fire-up your weight loss goals. Yes, it is difficult, but we encourage you to remain strong along the path to you healthy weight goals. You will get all the inspiration you could want with the MY FAT BELLY GOTTA GO PARTY and will be able to learn more about weight loss methods. You can also get social support to stay positive and motivated towards your goal.
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- Hill, Colin, et al. “Expert consensus document: The International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics consensus statement on the scope and appropriate use of the term probiotic.” Nature reviews Gastroenterology & hepatology. 11:8 (2014): 506. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24912386
- “What are Probiotics?”. https://www.mayoclinic.org/what-are-probiotics/art-20232589
- Yadav, Hariom, et al. “Beneficial metabolic effects of a probiotic via butyrate-induced GLP-1 hormone secretion.” Journal of biological chemistry. 288:35 (2013): 25088-25097. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23836895
- Pannacciulli, Nicola, et al. “Higher fasting plasma concentrations of glucagon-like peptide 1 are associated with higher resting energy expenditure and fat oxidation rates in humans.” The American journal of clinical nutrition. 84:3 (2006): 556-560. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16960169/
- Aronsson, Linda, et al. “Decreased fat storage by Lactobacillus paracasei is associated with increased levels of angiopoietin-like 4 protein (ANGPTL4).” PloS one. 5:9 (2010): e13087. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20927337
- Hamad, Essam M., et al. “Milk fermented by Lactobacillus gasseri SBT2055 influences adipocyte size via inhibition of dietary fat absorption in Zucker rats.” British journal of nutrition. 101:5 (2008): 716-724. https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/british-journal-of-nutrition/article/milk-fermented-by-lactobacillus-gasseri-sbt2055-influences-adipocyte-size-via-inhibition-of-dietary-fat-absorption-in-zucker-rats/2FF9DFA9720CAD50664C9EA8CDA1355F
- Kobyliak, Nazarii, et al. “Probiotics in prevention and treatment of obesity: a critical view.” Nutrition & metabolism 13.1 (2016): 14. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4761174/
- Bäckhed, Fredrik, et al. “The gut microbiota as an environmental factor that regulates fat storage.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 101:44 (2004): 15718-15723. https://www.pnas.org/content/101/44/15718
- Lescheid, David W. “Probiotics as regulators of inflammation: A review.” Functional foods in health and disease. 4:7 (2014): 299-311. https://www.ffhdj.com/index.php/ffhd/article/view/2
- Pereira, Solange S., and Jacqueline I. Alvarez-Leite. “Low-grade inflammation, obesity, and diabetes.” Current obesity reports. 3:4 (2014): 422-431. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13679-014-0124-9
- Yan, Fang, and D. B. Polk. “Probiotics and immune health.” Current opinion in gastroenterology. 27:6 (2011): 496. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4006993/
- Isolauri, Erika, et al. “Probiotics: effects on immunity.” The American journal of clinical nutrition. 73:2 (2001): 444s-450s. https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/73/2/444s/4737576
- Zaharoni, Hilla, et al. “Probiotics improve bowel movements in hospitalized elderly patients—The proage study.” The journal of nutrition, health & aging. 15:3 (2011): 215-220. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21369670
- Miller, Larry E et al. “Effects of probiotic-containing products on stool frequency and intestinal transit in constipated adults: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.” Annals of gastroenterology. 30:6 (2017): 629-639. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5670282/
- “Probiotics may ease constipation” Harvard Health Publishing. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/probiotics-may-ease-constipation-201408217377