What are the weight loss benefits of probiotics? Are there any? How do they affect your health? Should you be taking probiotics if you want to burn through more fat? These are very common questions, particularly as science learns more about the importance of the human microbiome.
Probiotics have been found to provide several health benefits. They begin with digestive health and the immune system, but they are believed to expand far beyond those points. Some research is starting to be conducted on the weight loss benefits it may potentially provide, as well.
Keep in mind that not all probiotics are the same. Different bacteria strains perform different functions in the body. Still, if you’re curious about health and weight loss benefits of probiotics, consider the following.
Weight Loss Benefits
Early studies suggest that the right probiotics may be helpful in supporting your healthy efforts to lose weight. Lactobacillus strains of bacteria have been most frequently found helpful in this area. The best sources are in foods such as kefir, yogurt (plain, not flavored), and miso. They help you to feel full for a longer period of time and may help the digestive system encourage less fat storage and more calorie burning.
Aside from weight loss benefits, probiotics may also help your digestive system operate more efficiently. This can help to prevent a number of types of digestive struggles. That said, by supporting a healthy digestive system, it may also help you to get more nutrition out of the good foods you’re eating.
Better Immune System Function
Studies are also suggesting that a good portion of the immune system is based in the digestive tract. The microbiome there can play a critical role in your ability to prevent getting sick and to speed your recovery when you do.
A Harvard Health report showed that the right types of probiotics can help you to avoid a spectrum of different urinary/genital health issues, including bacterial vaginosis. Some also indicate that bladder and urinary tract infections, as well as yeast infections can be avoided with certain probiotics.
Does this mean you should run out and get some probiotics and start using them? Not necessarily. Speak with your doctor about the type that would be most likely to support your unique health needs. Moreover, research the products you do consider, to be sure you’re choosing the right strain and that you’re getting enough of them to make a difference.