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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 254

Probiotics may help you lose weight


Date of Submission04-Oct-2019
Date of Acceptance09-Oct-2019
Date of Web Publication12-Dec-2019

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Kalpana Singh

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DOI: 10.4103/am.am_59_19

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Singh K. Probiotics may help you lose weight. Apollo Med 2019;16:254

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Singh K. Probiotics may help you lose weight. Apollo Med [serial online] 2019 [cited 2022 Dec 7];16:254. Available from: https://apollomedicine.org/text.asp?2019/16/4/254/272825

Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. We usually think of these as germs that cause diseases. However, your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called “good” or “helpful” bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy.

The microorganisms in your gut help you digest foods, absorb nutrients, gain energy, and stay healthy. The complex balance of intestinal bacteria can fluctuate. The microorganism composition changes throughout your life. Many of these microorganisms are beneficial bacteria. The bacteria live off of compounds that come from our diet, and they provide us with health benefits.

They even help the body to produce Vitamins B and K. Probiotics help to ferment some short-chain fatty acids that are found in carbohydrates. A large percentage of these make it through the upper intestine undigested.

The bacteria in the lower intestine help ferment these types of carbohydrates, creating usable nutrients and waste by-products. Without probiotics in our guts, we would not be able to digest certain fibers and absorb nutrients and calories from them. Consuming probiotics for weight loss is simple, safe, and effective for most people. So, here's what you can do.

Some probiotic killers that destroy gut bacteria include

  • Overuse of prescription antibiotics
  • Emotional stress
  • Alcohol (except for red wine)
  • Lack of exercise
  • Smoking
  • Poor sleep habits.

Some probiotic-rich foods

  • Yogurt - It is the most popular probiotic food
  • Raw Dairy - Raw cow's milk, goat's milk, sheep's milk, and aged cheeses are particularly high in probiotics
  • Coconut kefir - It has a great flavor. It is made by fermenting the juice of young coconuts with kefir grains
  • Natto - It is a popular dish in Japan consisting of fermented soybeans. It contains Vitamin B12 and Vitamin K2.

Quick start with a supplement

Consume fermented milk products, fermented vegetables, and sauerkraut. Consume more fiber to feed good gut bacteria; psyllium husk is great. Increase the intake of healthy fats as avocado, nuts, coconut oil, and extra virgin olive oil. Increase intake of fresh vegetables, berries, and fruit. Consuming 50% of plant-based food makes it much easier to control weight. Walking is great. Furthermore, short, intense 10–15 min exercises burn fat and produce high levels of growth hormones.

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