Good Gut Feeling: Probiotics

When you’re down with a case of bad diarrhoea or constipation and you go to a doctor, you’re probably going to be given probiotics and when you take them according to what is prescribed, you would realise soon enough what a great help they are for your bowels! If you have ever thought probiotics would help you with weight loss, your gut feeling is right.

But what exactly are probiotics, what do they do for us, and how can they help us with weight loss?

Here’s why you can have a good gut feeling about probiotics

 

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Living the ‘Pro’ Life

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The probiotic lactobacillus helps with weight loss by inhibiting the absorption of dietary fat.

If we split the word ‘probiotic’ into sections, it gives us a clearer picture of what they are and what they can do for us. Let’s split it into two simple sections ‘pro-‘, ‘-biotic’.

The use of ‘pro‘ has two meanings with how it relates to ‘probiotics’. ‘Pro‘ in this case means ‘to positively support’ (the opposite of ‘anti’ which means ‘against’), and ‘to replace’. ‘Bio’ means ‘life’, while the last portion ‘-tic’ means ‘like’. Put two and two together, ‘biotic’ means ‘lifelike.’ So, when we combine the three portions together, the word ‘probiotic’ would mean ‘to replace something that is lifelike for positive purposes’.

Phew, that’s one intense educational crash course for a single word. Now how does that information help us in knowing what probiotics are and how does it help us? I’ll get there in a bit – just bear with me.

Your body (specifically, your digestive system) has ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria. The ‘good’ bacteria helps you break down the food you eat and fight ‘bad’ bacteria. Too much ‘bad’ bacteria and it’ll make you sick. Probiotics are micro-organisms – good bacteria and yeast.

So, when you take in probiotics, you’re replacing the good bacteria (lifelike substance) in your system that’s lost, balancing both the good and bad bacteria that’s in your body (positive purpose) – that way, your bowel conditions would improve and eliminate diarrhoea or constipation.

But probiotics are not a one-for-all substance. There are many strains of probiotics for different purposes; specifically, two main strains – lactobacillus and bifidobacterium. The strain that helps weight loss is lactobacillus.

There’s a study on lactobacillus that showed it can help you avoid absorption of dietary fat and naturally expel them. Inhibiting the absorption of dietary fat would help you lose weight and fight obesity.

It is no wonder there are many dietary supplements that has lactobacillus as part of their ingredients for weight loss.

One of the best brands of lactobacillus probiotics for weight loss is by Garden of Life. I personally prefer the Probiotic Skin Food. The daily supplement does not just help with a healthy digestive system through lactobacillus, but also improves skin complexion by also balancing skin flora through other strains of probiotics – a one-two-punch for inner and outer beauty; what’s not to love?

 

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A ‘Pro’ Life Outside the Probiotic Life

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Cryolipolysis is also a good alternative for weight loss and body sculpting apart from probiotics

There are other options of weight loss apart from taking probiotics as a daily supplement. Going for weight loss programs are amongst one of those options. There is a misguided idea that all weight loss programs are about liposuction – That’s no longer the case today.

The technology used to help sculpt your body no longer need to go under your skin but are non-invasive and at skin level. There is a supermodel sixpack program that uses Coolshape technology to help achieve your desired body shape. Coolshape is a form of cryolipolysis where it uses cold to get rid of fats in your body.

Don’t worry, the procedure is anything but painful – In fact, it is quite comfortable as after feeling a slight sense of numbness when the cold is applied to your body, you can enjoy other spa therapies like massages and pedicures. There is no downtime after the procedure, so you can enjoy the rest of your day without any qualms after 1 to 2 hours of the program.

Now that you know about the benefits of probiotics, when you make your way to the clinic because you have a bad case of diarrhoea, you can now appreciate the probiotics given to you knowing that it helps you lose weight in its own way. Also remember, probiotics are not the only options for weight loss. Going for weight loss programs are viable options too.

 

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