One study done nearly ten years ago accidentally lead to significant fat loss in certain men and women. The study was designed to treat symptoms that were being caused by irritable bowel disease. The subjects in the treatment group showed less gastrointestinal symptoms with therapy, but they also showed a result nobody initially anticipated, weight loss.
Researchers were surprised at the sudden fat loss.
There are specific “living nutrients” that led to the fat loss…bacteria that could populate the gut microbiome. Over time, there are now five specific strains of probiotic bacteria that have been studied in randomized weight loss studies. Five strains have been shown to promote fat loss.
How do the right gut bacteria promote weight loss?
1. Some bacteria are better at converting food into energy and storing away that energy as fat than others. The right bacteria don’t promote excessive calorie absorption and weight gain.
2. Some bacteria produce a compound called proprionic acid, which travels from the gut to the brain and promotes cravings for sugar and refined carbs. When you eat more sugar and refined carbs, you grow more of these bacteria that produce proprionic acid and it becomes a vicious cycle. When you eat more fiber from vegetables, fruits, beans, and nuts, you produce bacteria that inhibit the growth of proprionic producing bacteria. You can also take a supplement with the right bacteria that help prevent cravings.
3. Bad bacteria increase gut inflammation, leading to a variety of health problems. Systemic inflammation is one of the leading causes of accelerated aging, but inflammation also slows down your basal metabolism, making you more likely to gain weight. Adding the proper gut bacteria will help to lower gut inflammation, and restore normal calorie burning.
Yet, supporting your gut will do more than help you lose weight. The gut microbiome helps to support many aspects of your health, reduce inflammation, and even support your heart and brain.
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In addition to repopulating your gut with healthy bacterial species, please note that you also need to eat ample fiber from vegetables, fruits, beans, and nuts to nourish and support these bacteria. A healthy diet, with the right nutrient support, should include probiotic bacteria to support your gut.
You should also support your gut microbiome by consuming probiotic microbes.
Excellent sources of live probiotics include:
- Natto, tempeh, miso, kombucha
- Olives, Pickled vegetables, Sauerkraut
You can get 2 to 5 billion microbes per serving of these pro-biotic rich foods every day. Many supplements, however, provide 25 billion microbes per capsule and are a much faster way to repopulate your gut microbiome. Taking a gut probiotic will help shift your gut microbiome within a 2-3 month window of time.
The best way to support your gut is with the combination of eating lots of fiber from vegetables, fruits, beans, and nuts, consuming probiotic-rich foods regularly, and boosting your gut microbiome with the right bacteria.
I wish you the best of health!
Steven Masley, MD, FAHA, FACN, FAAFP, CNS