Tell the truth. When you think about using probiotics to improve your metabolism, the first thing that comes to mind is probably a picture of a happy, teeming microbe society in your digestive tract. And yes, probiotics do a fantastic job of getting that job done. But did you know that probiotics can also help regulate your metabolism and boost your mood during the process?
When it comes to our metabolism, recent studies show that probiotics may play an important role in helping to regulate our metabolism. In this post, we'll take a closer look at how probiotics can regulate your metabolism, leading to a wealth of significant health benefits.
Probiotics And How They Work In The Body
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines probiotics as “live microorganisms, which when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.” Does it make you a bit squeamish to think that your body is the host to a multitude of microorganisms? If so, don't worry, as our bodies are specifically designed to operate with a mix of good and bad bacteria that naturally live in our bodies.
Think of good and bad bacteria like yin and yang–an ancient Chinese philosophy that believes that naturally occurring opposite or contrary forces may be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent. We all have a combination of good and bad bacteria that live naturally in our bodies. Striking the right balance is key. Too much good bacteria, or yeast, can throw off the delicate balance of our good flora. Sometimes our bodies need an infusion of good bacteria like right after you take a round of antibiotics, to help fight a surge of bad bacteria. Good bacteria keep the bad bacteria in check, keeping your digestive tract healthy and humming along.
Probiotic supplements are one way you can add good bacteria back into your body. With all the amazing benefits tied to probiotics, they come across a bit like a superhero, and you would be well within your rights to be somewhat skeptical.
Dr. Maria Marco, from the Kerry Health and Nutrition Institute, claims that the answer to how probiotics can deliver so many benefits lies within our own bodies. “Our bodies are home to trillions of microorganisms that reside on the skin, mouth, digestive tract,” says Marco. She goes on further to explain these microorganisms can impact our “metabolism as well as our immune and nervous systems.” For example, some microorganisms (good bacteria) break down nutrients and use them for energy or to strengthen the immune system, while others can produce endotoxin, which causes inflammation. If your good bacteria is low, then your microbiome is not in balance. However, when you use probiotics to balance and maintain a healthy gut, this can lead to improved metabolism, healthy weight loss, and immune support.
Probiotics, Weight Loss, And Metabolism
Beyond the digestive tract, probiotics can foster weight loss by the way they improve metabolism. Probiotics help fight weight gain by:
Releasing Appetite-Regulating Hormones.
Probiotics may help release appetite-releasing hormones like peptide-1. An increase of these hormones in your body may help you burn fat and calories more efficiently.
Increasing Levels Of Fat-Regulating Proteins.
Fat regulating proteins, like ANGPTL4, are used by the body to store fat. Probiotics may also help increase the levels of the ANGPTL4 protein. An increase in this protein may lead to decreased fat storage.
Optimize Inflammation Response.
There is strong evidence linking the health of your gut lining to body-wide inflammation. Probiotics can help you maintain a healthy gut which leads to improved overall inflammation response in the body. Low inflammation levels protect against weight gain.
Breaking Down Fiber.
Probiotics add more good bacteria to your microbiome. Good bacteria use non-digestible fiber, improving your metabolism as it works to turn fiber into fatty acids chains that can be used as energy.
How To Choose The Right Probiotic Supplement For You
Everyone needs a daily probiotic, picking the right one for you is especially important and key to breaking through extra bloat or gas, and re-aligning your gut bacteria after a round of antibiotics.
Probiotics have become quite mainstream, so what do you need to look for when choosing the right probiotic? For the best probiotic for metabolism and weight loss, look for a formula that contains:
- A minimum of 1 billion Colony Forming Units (CFUs) rather than active or live cultures
- Multiple strains that have proven effective in clinical studies (more strains = higher CFU)
- No binders or fillers like lactose or cornstarch
- A clear expiration date (most shelf-stable probiotics are guaranteed to be effective two years after manufacture date)
Stay away from probiotics that do not have clinical studies or contain limited unique strains. There are literally hundreds of unique probiotic strains, and they all affect the human microbiome in different ways. If you are looking to support your metabolism and boost your mood, make sure you grab the probiotic that is clinically studied to have these benefits.
Probiotics And Exercise
While it’s clear that probiotics play an important role in maintaining a healthy gut and boosting metabolism, emerging research now suggests that exercise can also play an important role in what types of bacteria populate our microbiomes.
Exercise can promote the growth of bacteria that produces the fatty acid, butyrate. This fatty acid can help repair the gut lining and reduce inflammation. A healthy gut lining and a decrease in overall inflammation guard against unhealthy weight gain while improving metabolic function. But if you think you must become a slave to your local gym to achieve these benefits, think again. One study found that simple exercises, like a brisk walk or swim, performed at least three times per week, can lead to increased levels of “health-promoting bacteria species.”
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