Are Your Probiotics Making You GAIN Weight? [New Study]
Certain Probiotic Strains Might Make You Gain Weight…
Living inside your gut are billions and billions of microorganisms. This is your gut microflora that plays a major role in your mental and physical health.
It’s also called your gut microbiome or microbiota. Interestingly, the gastrointestinal tract is a complex microbial ecosystem, now considered one of the most intricate on Earth.
At the most basic level, it influences your ability to digest foods. However, the role it plays extends far beyond the gut. Your microbiome influences your brain, heart, and skin… AND your ability to lose or gain weight.
How You Care For Your Second Brain Dictates Wellness
Some scientists refer to the gut as your “second brain,” as it has a significant influence on your total health.
Your gut communicates with your upper brain, home to the central nervous system, through the vagus nerve. This is also called the 10th cranial nerve and is the longest in your body.TRENDING: Science Reveals Easy, No-Workout Ways to Lose Weight… While You Snooze!
The vagus nerve begins at the base of the brain and touches many organs and muscles in its path to the gastrointestinal tract. When things go wrong between the gut and the brain axis, it can affect emotions… cause digestive difficulties… and have a far-reaching effect on your long-term ability to maintain or lose weight.
Much research has been done on the interaction between those with irritable bowel syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, and other forms of neurological conditions and the health of the gut microbiome. Optimizing your gut health may be one of the more important things you can do to protect your overall health.
The nervous system in your gut is designed to control digestion and the flow of blood to help with nutrient absorption and elimination. While it doesn’t appear currently in research to be capable of thought, it does communicate with your first brain.
Alterations in this microbiome has been a target in research and treatment of weight management.
Probiotics Or Prebiotics? What’s The Difference?
If you and a friend ever started a weight loss program together… and noticed that one was having a much more difficult time than the other… it may be related to your microbiome.
Different amounts of calories from the same food are absorbed based on the differences in your gut microbiome. Variations can be extremely high, and differences lead to differences in function.
There are two different ways you have of affecting the growth of harmful and beneficial bacteria in your gut.
The first is to consume probiotics, which are colonies of beneficial bacteria found in foods or supplements. This helps to colonize your gastrointestinal tract with bacteria that support your overall health and weight loss efforts.
The second strategy is eating prebiotics.
The bacteria inside your gut require nutrients to live. Harmful bacteria thrive on carbohydrates and sugars. Beneficial bacteria grow on insoluble and soluble fiber.BRAND-NEW: Research Shows These 3 Sugar Substitutes Are Best For Burning Fat (Plus 2 You Should NEVER Eat)
Prebiotics are the food that you feed your gut microbiota in order to balance your beneficial bacteria against your harmful bacteria.
For the most part, it is easier to consume enough prebiotics from your food to help feed your gut microbiome than to get enough probiotics. In one animal study, researchers found using prebiotics could affect the gut microbiome in a way that altered sleep-wake cycles.
Fiber is also associated with improving bowel movements and reducing risk factors associated with heart disease, digestive health, and weight management. Most fiber is found in raw, whole foods such as onions, apples, jicama, green peas, cashews, pistachio nuts, and couscous.
When it’s not possible to get enough prebiotic foods, seek out a healthy fiber supplement, such as organic whole husk psyllium.
This is a cost-effective and simple way of increasing your fiber intake. Be aware psyllium is often a heavily sprayed crop, which means you want to source your psyllium husk as a non-GMO, organic product.
Some Probiotic Strains May Cause Weight Gain
Animal and human studies have demonstrated bidirectional weight changes depending upon the formulation of probiotics used. In other words, animals and humans have gained or lost weight depending on what is in the probiotic supplement.
In one meta-analysis, researchers sought to assess the impact of prebiotics and probiotics on body weight. In most studies, the use of probiotics was associated with a significant reduction in weight and fat mass. Changing the gut microbiome compared to using a placebo was more effective.
One team of researchers then did a comparative analysis of the effect of one bacterial species on weight gain in both humans and animals. The team chose to study the effects of lactobacillus, a bacterial species commonly found in probiotics and yogurt.BRAND-NEW: 5 “Living Nutrients” That Can Trigger Rapid Fat Loss!
They did a meta-analysis of clinical studies and experimental models using several different species. Interestingly, they found that the administration of lactobacillus acidophilus… which is commonly found in yogurt and many probiotic supplements… resulted in weight gain in humans and animals.
The results were consistent across the 51 animal studies and 17 human studies.
On the other hand, lactobacillus plantarum was associated with weight loss in animals and lactobacillus gasseri was associated with weight loss in humans and animals. They determined the different species in the lactobacillus family had different effects on weight change that appeared to be specific to the host… in other words, human or animal.
A second animal study included lactobacillus plantarum and lactobacillus casei. This study found that dogs that were fed probiotics increased their average daily feed intake, improved their immune system, and changed the gut microbial structures.
By day 60 of the treatment, the gut microbiota of the elderly dogs looked more like that found in the younger dogs. In this study, it appeared the elderly animals experienced a greater effect, including eating more food.
Read The Label Before You Buy A Probiotic Supplement
There is no doubt from current research that gut imbalances can increase the risk for weight gain and make weight loss more challenging. However, as with any intervention, it’s important to use the right strategies.
One of the simplest and most effective ways of getting a highly diverse community of beneficial bacteria into your gut is to make fermented foods at home. Kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi and natto are all foods rich in beneficial bacteria and probiotics.
If these don’t make your mouth water, it might be time to look at a probiotic supplement.
As you might have guessed, a diverse microbiome is much better than focusing on a probiotic with just one strain. In addition to helping with weight loss, diversifying your gut microbiome can help:
- Boost cognitive function and mood
- Reduce anxiety
- Help control blood sugar
- Manage blood pressure
- Boost immune health
- Reduce inflammation
You can maximize the product’s ability to colonize your gut by taking it on an empty stomach at least a couple of hours before eating your first meal of the day. Before buying the first probiotic supplement you find, consider these important strategies:
- Look for a product manufactured following current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) with a track record of making high-quality products.
- Seek out products with a potency count of 50 billion or higher with diverse for multiple strains of bacteria.
- The products should not be made with bioengineered ingredients.
- The package must be resealable to prevent spoiling.
Use Probiotics For Weight Management & Health
The takeaway is that probiotics have an important function in your overall health and help to make weight management easier. The crucial strategy is to seek out diverse strains and multiple species to ensure good gut health.
By providing prebiotics to your gut, you increase the ability of the beneficial bacteria currently in residence. This allows these good-for-you bacteria to thrive and support your goal of disease prevention, weight management, and emotional health.
How To Know FOR SURE Which Probiotics Help You Lose Weight (Without Spending Every Night Reviewing Medical Journals)
Since there is so much info out there about probiotics… and a lot of it is conflicting… how are you supposed to know what’s true and what’s not?
Whenever I’m in a situation where I have to separate truth from fiction… I do one thing before anything else:
In this case, I wanted to go to someone trustworthy… who has been working with probiotics for years… and seen real results with real patients who have lost weight.
And in this instance, one name kept coming up again and again:
Dr. Masley has had his own weight loss practice in Florida for years… and he’s seen firsthand the results patients have had with a combination of 4 “super-strains” of probiotics in particular.
These were folks who didn’t like to go to the gym… and who had no interest in traditional “starve yourself” diets…
Who started losing a lot of weight once they got on the right blend of probiotics.
Dr. Masley wanted to share this secret with the world… so he did a short, free video about the 4 “super-strains” of probiotics he’s seen that really work.
In this video, he’ll show you:
- What these 4 probiotic “super strains” are
- Which “supporting” probiotics to take with them to increase their effectiveness, and
- The only place where you can find all of these probiotic strains together