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Weight loss bacteria?

Posted by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 11:59 AM
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Probiotics for Weight Loss?

Johns Hopkins University
By Margaret Furtado, M.S., R.D. - Posted on Tue, Nov 24, 2009, 11:54 am PST

Believe it or not, the human body contains more bacteria living inside than individual cells: 100 trillion microorganisms live in our gastrointestinal tract as compared with a "mere" 10 trillion human cells in our body. And one of the best kinds of microorganisms we can have flourishing inside our bodies are the probiotics, the healthy bacteria that live in our intestines or gut. Now, new research from the Stanford University School of Medicine and Stanford Hospital and Clinics suggests probiotics might even enhance weight-loss programs.

The Stanford researchers first noticed the beneficial effects of probiotics on weight when working with extremely obese patients who've had gastric-bypass surgery. But studies are showing that the benefits of probiotics are not limited to those who've had this medical procedure.

So why are probiotics assisting with weight loss? Several studies have suggested that the guts of normal-weight people contain a different mix or balance of the types and amounts of bacteria that are found in the intestines of overweight folks. One study even found these same imbalances among the microorganisms in 7-year-old kids who were overweight.

Could it be that bad bacteria are causing at least some of our weight issues? Is it possible that one day we'll just ingest a dollop of "weight-friendly" bacteria to bring our body size under control?

It's too soon to know exactly where this discovery will lead, so here are my recommendations:

  • Be sure to include foods in your diet that contain probiotics, such as yogurt.
  • Avoid brands of yogurt that have the "fruit" at the bottom and instead go with low-fat, low-sugar varieties that contain plenty of protein and calcium. A cup of yogurt is a great snack to hold you over in between meals or after a workout. Greek yogurts are especially high in protein.
  • Make prebiotics part of your regular diet as well. Prebiotics--tiny fibers found in some fruits and vegetables--just happen to be what probiotics and other good bacteria eat. Good sources of prebiotics include wheat, bananas, onions, garlic, and leeks. (Europeans eat far more prebiotics than do people in the U.S--might this explain part of the weight discrepancy between the U.S. and European populations?)
  • If you have digestive issues, be sure to talk with your doctor or dietitian about "pharmaceutical-grade" probiotics, which are the equivalent of prescription-strength good bacteria.

Last, a caveat: Don't even think about starting to load up on probiotics so that you can slack off on exercise or ignore your healthy eating plan. There is no miracle probiotic cure in the pipeline!


This makes me want to go out and buy a case of Greek yogurt, lol, anything to help me lose the 40 lbs I've been carrying around since DD's birth! What do you ladies think? 



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Apowell8506
by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 12:28 PM

WOW, This is interesting,

I was diagnosed with  Bacteria Vaginossis After 3 Years of testing, I searched the web to find home remedies to get rid of it, and one of the vitamins i needed to take is Probiotic Formula Acidophilus. I had my DD on january 16th 2009 and I was diagnosed with BV a few months after she was born, I have noticed I HAVE LOST weight.. LOL so  I THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE! i am now down to my normal weight,

xChasingxAmyx
by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 12:30 PM

Dump some on me haha

ballewal
by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 12:31 PM

I take acidophilus every day before bed. I haven't lost any more weight through that than I have through diet and exercise. 

Randi02
by Platinum Member on Dec. 1, 2009 at 12:31 PM

I don't know about weight loss... but I have been taking probiotics for years now. I started my kids on them at birth. Most of your immune system is in your digestive tract, so if you keep that healthy... you stay healthy : )

I am a Canadian,breastfeeding (it IS best, there is nothing even close to that nutrition and bond), co sleeping, extended rear facing (if you don't rear face to the maximum of your seat, you're NOT doing all you can to protect your child), baby wearing, Non spanking (I want my kids to respect me, not fear me) ANTI- CIO, homemade baby food making, cloth diapering, organic (chemical free household!) recycling mama to TWO! My husband is my equal and best friend, not my master and I believe basic health care should be a human RIGHT, not a privilege.

                                             

ballewal
by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 12:34 PM

I agree with this! I haven't come down with so much as a cold since I started. But now that I said that I probably will. 

Quoting Randi02:

I don't know about weight loss... but I have been taking probiotics for years now. I started my kids on them at birth. Most of your immune system is in your digestive tract, so if you keep that healthy... you stay healthy : )


BaileynMe
by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 1:26 PM


Quoting Randi02:

I don't know about weight loss... but I have been taking probiotics for years now. I started my kids on them at birth. Most of your immune system is in your digestive tract, so if you keep that healthy... you stay healthy : )

What products do you buy that have probiotics in them? What brands? I've heard that active culture yogurts are the best, but this article doesn't make any mention of them, making it sound as though any yogurt will have them in there. Will they? 



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Randi02
by Platinum Member on Dec. 1, 2009 at 1:42 PM

You can buy probiotics in capsules, powder or drops.

I give the drops to my babies/toddlers and I use the powder or capsules for myself.

Yogurts usually are fairly high in sugars or sweeteners, so it's not as great unless it's plain yogurt.

Quoting BaileynMe:


Quoting Randi02:

I don't know about weight loss... but I have been taking probiotics for years now. I started my kids on them at birth. Most of your immune system is in your digestive tract, so if you keep that healthy... you stay healthy : )

What products do you buy that have probiotics in them? What brands? I've heard that active culture yogurts are the best, but this article doesn't make any mention of them, making it sound as though any yogurt will have them in there. Will they? 


I am a Canadian,breastfeeding (it IS best, there is nothing even close to that nutrition and bond), co sleeping, extended rear facing (if you don't rear face to the maximum of your seat, you're NOT doing all you can to protect your child), baby wearing, Non spanking (I want my kids to respect me, not fear me) ANTI- CIO, homemade baby food making, cloth diapering, organic (chemical free household!) recycling mama to TWO! My husband is my equal and best friend, not my master and I believe basic health care should be a human RIGHT, not a privilege.

                                             

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