I’m sure you’ve heard the mantra, “It all comes down to energy in, energy out, to reducing calories and increasing exercise.” But, while simple to spout, it is not the complete truth. In fact, it may be nowhere near it. I believe that this judgmental soundbite can disempower, dismiss and overlook an important answer in […]
Category: Weight Loss
Let me start out by quoting Gene Tunney here, “to enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise.” This quote could be an eye-opener for anyone who is not physically active on a regular basis. Nonetheless, if you still need one more nudge to work out those muscles — think about the beneficial impact […]
Holidays are just around the corner, speaking of which this could be the best time for spring cleaning—or more precisely, spring cleansing—although fall has already begun. By spring cleansing we mean, detoxifying your body. It’s simply one of the ways to rejuvenate your body and kick it into high gear by helping you live a […]
What is an Underactive Thyroid? The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the front of the lower part of your neck. It produces thyroid hormones, which control several body functions, the most important being metabolism (aka breakdown of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats), digestion, temperature regulation, brain function, heart rate, and reproduction. An underactive […]
Being obese or overweight can have a critical impact on your health. The health consequences can vary from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and stroke to cancers like colon and breast cancers. Individuals with obesity or excessive weight tend to have a varied gut microbial population than normal-weight people. The good news is that probiotics possess the potential to help you shed some extra pounds.
In this post, we’ll explore how can probiotics help you trim down
1. Probiotics Suppress the Dietary Fat Absorption
The dietary fat is the major contributor to our body and belly fat. Anything that inhibits dietary fat absorption will ease weight loss. Probiotics limit the absorption of dietary fat and simultaneously promote the elimination of fat via feces. The Lactobacillus strains primarily exert their anti-obesity effects through this mechanism. 
2. Probiotics Replace Beneficial Gut Bacteria
An imbalance in the intestinal flora is another recognized cause of obesity. Probiotics promote weight loss by restoring the gut microbiome.
3. Probiotics Reduce Inflammation
One of the dominant factors linked to weight gain and obesity is low-grade inflammation.  Since probiotics repair the leaky epithelial gut barriers, they prevent the pro- inflammatory stimuli from finding their way into the body. Moreover, they enhance the production of short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) – which are anti-inflammatory products derived from the fermentation of fiber by the healthy gut bacteria.  The beneficial bacteria also decrease the expression of certain genes that drive inflammation. Hence, by acting at the molecular level, the probiotics slow down the low-grade inflammation and the consequent build up of body fat. (more…)