Probiotics and Weight Loss
Health Benefits of Probiotics
Probiotics and weight loss, what's the key?
Our society places much emphasis on destroying bacteria. Our cleaning products, hand sanitizers, and over-prescribed antibiotics abound. But the fact is that certain bacteria are beneficial and essential to our health.
Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the gastrointestinal tract is the friendly bacteria it employs to maximize the nutritional benefits of the food you eat. There are over three pounds of these little microorganisms that not only help to break down certain substances that escape digestive fluids, but also to manufacture healthful compounds that are reabsorbed into the blood.
Our health depends on the proper balance of these micro organisms. The flora should contain 85% friendly bacteria and 15% "unfriendly bacteria," but usually the reverse is the case.
Deficiencies of these friendly bacteria are not uncommon due to sickness, bad eating habits and antibiotic use. Fermented foods, such as yogurt and kefir, provide some of these friendly bacteria, but probiotic supplements contain much greater amounts.