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Published on February 25, 2015

Be Proactive with Probiotics

February 25, 2015

yogurt with fruit and honeyCould weight loss be as easy as adding some “friendly” bacteria to your daily diet? Researchers think so.

A new study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that women who took probiotics while on a weight-loss plan over a 12-week period lost more weight than those who didn’t. Women who were given a placebo lost 5.7 pounds while women who took probiotics lost 9.7 pounds. Even more impressive, once participants reached the maintenance portion of the diet, women who took probiotics lost 1.8 pounds, while their counterparts actually gained weight.

Researchers believe that the probiotic helped sustain weight loss in female participants because Lachnospiraceae bacteria reduce the amount of leptin in the bloodstream. Leptin is a hormone that regulates hunger. Obese people typically have higher levels of leptin since it is produced by fat cells. These same people may actually experience leptin resistance, meaning they do not feel satisfied and keep eating long after they are full.

Probiotics occur naturally in a variety of fermented foods, including yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and Korean kim chee. Incorporating some form of probiotic into daily meals could also boost immunity and reduce yeast infections for many women. If none of these foods appeal to you, speak with your physician about the best probiotic supplement.

Your Good Health Grocery List

Next time you head to the store, don’t forget to put these foods on your list:

  • Cranberry juice contains antioxidants that reduce the likelihood of bad bacteria lodging in the bladder, which can lead to a urinary tract infection. Skip the cocktail blend, and go for unsweetened juice to keep sugar intake under control.
  • Sweet potatoes have high levels of vitamin A. Women who smoke or have smoked may be deficient in this vitamin and could develop emphysema later in life.
  • Walnuts contain antioxidants that may delay breast cancer tumor formation. Snacking on walnuts regularly might also prevent eczema and arthritis flare-ups for females and provide an extra dose of omega-3 fatty acids.

Want to speak to someone more in depth about how to incorporate probiotics into your and your families diet? Talk to one of our nutrition counselors!


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