Take a probiotic to detoxify the body and improve body composition. Probiotics are healthy bacteria that can restore balance in the intestines. Probiotics have been shown to improve gastrointestinal health, prevent allergies and liver disease, and decrease inflammation. Two new studies show that taking a probiotic can help the body detoxify and make you lose weight by improving metabolism.
A new study in the journal Nutrition shows that probiotics help detoxify the body of heavy metals, free radicals, and dangerous bacteria by enhancing the natural antioxidant status in the body. The effect of enhancing the body’s antioxidant system is better blood sugar management and insulin health, leading to better body composition.
This study took a group of 60 type 2 diabetics and gave half of them a probiotic daily for three weeks, while the other half acted as a control group. The probiotic treatment resulted in a significant improvement in blood glucose uptake into the cells for fuel and better insulin sensitivity.
The probiotic treatment produced better fasting insulin levels, which are an important marker of the return from type 2 diabetes to normal metabolic status, although the improvement was not statistically significant. It’s likely that simply doing a dietary and lifestyle intervention would improve fasting insulin and glucose uptake even more because the participants were consuming a large amount of carbs (243 grams a day out of 1775 total caloric intake) and low protein. Such a large daily carb intake strongly suggests high-glycemic carbs such as cereal, bread, and similar foods, which will hamper a restoration of insulin health.
The probiotic also significantly increased glutathione status (the number one internal antioxidant in the body) and decreased malondialdehyde, (a primary marker of oxidative stress that leads to inflammation) indicating activation of the detoxification system. A second study of pregnant women confirms this. Seventy pregnant women in their third trimester who were given a probiotic for nine weeks had much higher glutathione and related antioxidant levels than a control group. Researchers suggest a probiotic is safe and beneficial for the health of the mother and the fetus.
Better detoxification and insulin health are two easy ways to lose weight and improve body composition. Research shows probiotic supplementation will help you drop inches from your waistline by decreasing belly fat. A 2010 study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that taking a probiotic for twelve weeks significantly decreased belly fat in subjects by 4.6 percent, and they lost an average of 5.8 square cm of visceral belly fat, and 13 cm of total fat (visceral and subcutaneous). Naturally, body fat percentage, body weight, BMI decreased, and the waist-to-hip circumference in the probiotic group improved significantly more than a control group.
For best results, consider taking a probiotic all the time. Many people think a probiotic is only necessary when feeling sick, but with the constant inundation of bad bacteria, heavy metals, and oxidative stress we are exposed to daily, a probiotic is essential. It’s a no brainer if you’re trying to lose fat. To learn more about how probiotics improve body composition, read Take Probiotics to Lose Belly Fat
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