if you know what to do.
Weight loss using healthy probiotics has been news for some time.
Probiotics are beneficial in their role in helping weight loss by regulating your digestive system and boosting your immune system.
The Secret that’s hiding in Probiotics
However, there’s another big, hidden, secret health benefit of probiotics…weight loss can be increased with the friendly bacteria found in probiotics.
How does Friendly Bacteria work?
A healthy body has some 90 trillion bacteria comprising ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria. The ‘good’ bacteria has the job of keeping your gut healthy, and the ‘bad’ bacteria, if left unchecked, can make you quite ill.
So then, keeping the balance of the good and the bad is not only important to ensuring optimal health, this balance is also critical to effective weight loss as well.
‘Good’ bacteria help your body absorb and metabolize food. The delicate balance between both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria helps regulate the genes that are involved in energy metabolism.
However, in the course of daily life today, due to stress, ingestion of antibiotics and many other modern-day factors, imbalances between the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’ bacteria can occur.
When an imbalance does occur, your body is unable to absorb all the nutrients from food that is eaten. As a result of this, your body will trigger cravings for more and more food in order to obtain the missing nutrients and nutrition.
In a nutshell, you get hungry when your body does not get the nutrition and nutrients that it needs. So you’ll have the tendency to eat more. More calories will simply mean that the pounds will start to pile on. Your clothes will begin to feel tighter and the scales will show a higher figure.
The weight loss that you were hoping for just hasn’t happened. In fact, the opposite becomes the reality.
This is really what happens.
Balance your ‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ Bacteria
So, the simple solution is to balance the bacteria in your gut to manage your weight loss. Doing so will make losing the excess weight much, much easier.
Keep your hands off the yogurt
The media has done a good job to condition our brains to reach for that tub of yogurt the minute we hear the word ‘probiotics’.
However, what you need to know is the secret within the secret to weight loss using probiotics. So hands off the Activia and the Yoplait or other yogurt for the moment.
Starve your ‘Bad’ Bacteria
That secret within the secret to effective weight loss is to strengthen the good bacteria in your gut.
How? Reduce or eliminate your sugar consumption. Sugar is the vital food of the ‘bad’ bacteria. The more sugar you consume, the stronger the ‘bad’ bacteria become until they eventually overwhelm the ‘good’ bacteria.
So, to win this war for the’good’ bacteria, it is vital that you cut down on, or eliminate altogether, your sugar intake to starve the ‘bad’ bacteria. Sugar here includes all processed, carbohydrate-loaded foods.
Feed Your ‘Good’ Bacteria. How?
The next step then is to feed your ‘good’ bacteria – with a class of foods known as prebiotics.
include high-fibre fruits and vegetables such as
- black beans
- kale, chard
- sweet potatoes
In addition, you may also want to take a prebiotic supplement. Research has also indicated that a prebiotic may actually help suppress levels of the ‘hunger’ hormones.
A study was conducted that involved 48 obese adults. These participants were given either 21 grams of prebiotics or a placebo for a period of 12 weeks. At the end of the 12 weeks, the participants who had taken the prebiotics had lost an average of 2.3 pounds. Those who took the placebo had gained an average of 1 pound.
Probiotics are also important
However, yogurt doesn’t contain sufficient amounts of friendly bacteria. In addition, many brands of yogurt contain added sugar. Remember, sugar feeds the ‘bad’ bacteria. The sugar-free yogurts usually contain artificial sweeteners that have detrimental side effects.
It is important to choose a top quality probiotic supplement. Don’t just rely on what you read on the yogurt labels. Do your homework.
- 1. Increase your consumption of cold-water fish (mackeral, sardines, herring, black cod and wild salmon). These contain important Omega-3 fatty acids ~ EPA and DHA – important for proper bacterial balance.
- 2.Increase your consumption of fibre, at least 25 to 30 grams a day in order to encourage healthy digestion and elimination.
- 3. Increase your water intake. The best water is pure water. Distill your own. Water is vital for hydrating your cells, to flush toxins out of your body and helps with bowel movement and elimination.
The ‘good’ bacteria in your gut work on jobs (2) and (3). However, if you give them a big helping hand, their job is lightened, making them more available for use elsewhere ~ like helping with your weight loss!
© Helen Chow, ND
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