How can probiotics help you lose weight? Research has proven that antibiotics, used to fatten livestock and treat infection, are the number one reason Americans have an unhealthy decrease of good bacteria in their gut. What that means is that we are getting fatter, despite our efforts to eat a healthy diet. According to Dr. Cho at New York University Medical Center, antibiotics are not only making our livestock fatter, but also those who consumed their meat.
Antibiotics destroy the ecosystem in our intestines that is paramount to our overall health. It has been proven that children with a higher amount of bifidobacteria are more likely to maintain a healthy weight than children who have lower amounts. There are several factors that support the need for having a healthy balance of good bacteria in your gut. Science has further identified important weight factors that rely on a healthy gut:
- Your metabolism relies on your intestines to convert the food you eat into useable energy. Approximately four to ten percent of the energy obtained from your food comes from the bacteria in your gut. If this food is not converted to energy, it turns to fat.
- The hormones that control blood sugar and signal your brain when you have satiated your need for food come from your gut. If you do not have sufficient bacteria to create these hormones, you may tend to over-eat or crave foods that imbalance your blood sugar levels.
- If your gut bacteria is insufficient, you may develop leaky gut syndrome which causes bacterial toxins to enter your bloodstream. This, in turn, causes weight gain and blood sugar levels to drop or spike. When this happens, your body releases chemicals that cause your body to store fat.
- When unhealthy gut bacteria produces toxins, it triggers a systemic inflammatory response that causes pain and encourages an auto-immune condition. In a sense, your body starts to attack itself and your immune system is compromised. Again, to protect itself, your body stores fat.
An unhealthy gut can also cause many other health-related issues, such as:
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Blood Sugar Management
- Weight Gain
- Auto-Immune Disorders
- Acid Reflux
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Once your intestinal ecosystem is restored, you will naturally lose weight and you will notice a vast improvement in your overall health.
So, how do you restore your intestinal health?
The trick is to replenish the good bacteria and ensure that bacteria is fed regularly to maintain their systemic health. Avoid taking antibiotics, eating processed food, and meat that came from antibiotic-treated livestock. Each meal should contain fermented food, such as sauerkraut, kefir, greek yogurt, and foods high in antioxidants. Fresh fruits and veggies are great choices for ensuring your gut bacteria stays healthy and happy. It is highly recommended that you take probiotics each and every day to keep your good bacteria thriving.
If you absolutely must take antibiotics, take a dose of probiotics two hours after you have taken your antibiotics and continue to do so until your prescribed dose is complete. After that, continue to take your probiotics every day. Do not take your probiotics at the same time you take your antibiotics or you will kill the healthy bacteria before it reaches your gut.