Our bodies contain good and bad bacteria; probiotics are known as the "friendly" bacteria as they help to neutralize bad bacteria. Three of the most regularly consumed probiotics include Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and Saccharomyces. An imbalance is created when the bad bacteria outnumbers the good, and can result from a variety of reasons such as poor diet, use of antibiotics, or illness. This imbalance can lead to a plethora of health issues including, but not limited to, digestive issues, infections, allergies, obesity and mental health problems.
In addition, research has linked the consumption of probiotics to heart health, immune system support, improvement with eczema, as well as weight loss and belly fat reduction. Some probiotics lead to the increase of hormone GLP-1 which helps to make you feel fuller for longer, store less fat, and burn more calories. Other strains of probiotics help you absorb less fat in the intestine by secreting waste as opposed to storing fat. Moreover, studies have documented significant belly fat loss reduction when taking probiotics on a regular basis for at least 12 weeks.
So where do we find these magical pills? Well, you can get them in certain foods such as Greek yogurt, kefir, brine-cured olives, and other fermented foods such as sauerkraut, apple cider vinegar, Tempeh, and Natto. If you haven't heard of some of these foods or you're not sure how to incorporate them in your meal plan, you're not alone! You can simply take a probiotic pill and receive all of the same benefits you would by consuming these somewhat rare and exotic foods. To see our Bariatric Lifestyle Diet Probiotics, click here. It's as simple as taking one to two easy-to-swallow pills per day with a glass of water!