You've tried it all. You've tried the low carb diets, the low fat diets, the low calorie diets, the I'm going to die if I go on one more diet diet….and your results? Pitiful. You either didn't lose a pound (and almost lost your sanity), or you lost a few and then they came right back and brought a few of their friends with them. Sound familiar? It does to me, because that is my experience precisely. To add insult to injury, have you known someone that seemed to eat way more than you, never worried about calories or fat or portion size and never gained an ounce?!? Yeah… me too. I've always been bugged by them and hated those people's guts. Aha!!!! Light bulb moment. Little did I know that it was bugs and their guts specifically that I should have loved!!! Why? Because numerous scientific studies have been conducted that reveal that healthy people and obese people have different bugs in their guts!!! Bacteria “bugs” that is. Your gastrointestinal tract houses some 100 trillion bacteria-about two to three pounds worth, and they are part of your immune system and play vital roles in countless areas of your health. So, those folks that we know who are still svelte despite getting older and not counting calories likely have more beneficial bacteria, or probiotics, in their gut. Therefore, can a case be made regarding probiotics for weight loss? Read on.
Probiotics have been shown to:
- Regulate your immune response and reduce inflammation
- Produce vitamins, absorb minerals and nutrition, and eliminate toxins
- Control asthma and reduce risk of allergies
- Benefit your mood and mental health
- Boost weight loss
The Probiotic for Weight loss Connection
The disparity in our bacterial make-up can be partially genetic or hereditary, but this bacterial imbalance is made worse by our modern day lives. Processed foods, sugar, where we live, our age, our stress level, and any other health issues we may have, also promotes “bad bugs” or the growth of disease-causing yeasts and fungi.
How can you determine if you would benefit from a probiotic for weight loss? Take this quick quiz to see if any of these symptoms of a yeast (candida) overgrowth apply to you. Do you suffer from any of the following?
- depression or anxiety
- problems concentrating
- muscle weakness
- recurrent infections and use of antibiotics
- athlete's foot or jock itch
- persistent heartburn or indigestion
- swollen joints
- nasal congestion and sore throat
- dry, cracked skin
If so, you likely suffer from a lack of good bacteria and would benefit from adding a probiotic for weight loss.
It's important to understand that while your gut microbes have a tremendous say in your bodily processes and your weight loss success, YOU are ultimately in control of your intestinal microflora-through the foods you eat and the supplements you take. Therefore, YOU can ultimately change the landscape of your gut by making a few changes in your daily life.