Probiotics affect how we lose weight.
Weight Management is a challenge for many of us. We try eating healthy, counting calories, working out with our fitbits, cleansing and dieting. Sometimes, it seems like no matter how good a job we do to take care of ourselves and watch what we eat, we still have no results when it comes to weight loss. Who ever thought that gut bacteria influences how we lose weight.
New information tells us that we can lose weight when we pay attention to our gut bacteria.
It turns out that our gut bacteria and the types of species we have in our digestive tract play an important role in determining if we are going to be thin or fat. Yes, that’s right, it’s the type of bacteria in our digestive system that is tied to obesity.
We also know now that they play an extremely important role in our risk for developing Type 2 diabetes as well.
How does our microbiome bacteria affect weight control?
- Our unique bacteria can determine why some people can get away with eating unhealthy foods without weight gain while others need a near perfect diet in order to maintain an optimum weight.
- The latest research is able to show that the type of bacteria we have in our digestive system controls the number of calories we take from foods we ingest and even the types of food we crave.
- The way our food is converted after eating is effected by our bacteria as well.
- Some foods, particularly carbohydrates, may change to compounds that result in fat storage, gas and insulin resistance.
- On the other hand, bacteria in our gut is able to convert the identical foods to compounds that actually increase fat burning, reduce gas, increase insulin sensitivity and help to keep us satisfied.
- These effects are influenced by turning on critical genes in the gut that control our metabolism.
- What this means is that we are either genetically programmed to gain weight easily or to be lean.
The good news is that this genetic programming can be modified by taking the right probiotic bacteria.
Even better, we can feed the good bacteria with the right kinds of nutrients to help make that change even more effective.
How do We Change the Genetic Programming of Our Metabolism?
There are two key factors to pay attention to:
Bacteria & Fiber
There are 2 particular abundant species that are called Bacteroidetes and the other is Firmicutes. The ratio of these 2 species, Bacteroidetes to Firmicutes in our gut plays an important role. Research scientists have found that thin people all over the world, and from many different cultures, tend to have a higher ratio of bacteroidetes to firmicutes.
When ratio of firmicutes to bacteroidetes is higher, this is connected to obesity, diabetes and inflammation.
To get these two bacteria types into a healthy ratio, there are a few easy diet changes that we can make to help achieve a desired balance.
Bacteroidetes love fiber. Eating foods that are high in fiber and low in sugar, (zero sugar is the best!) will support the growth of the good bacteroidetes bacteria.
Firmicutes love sugar and simple carbohydrates. If we have an overgrowth of firmicutes, we’re likely to get sugar and carbohydrate cravings. These bacteria are so powerful that they send neurotransmitters to our brain which make us crave more sugar. They do this to get us to feed on the nutrients they want.
We know now that processed simple carbohydrates and sugars feed firmicutes and may lead to metabolic syndrome and weight gain.
So start reading labels and watch your sugar intake.
These Minor changes can go a long way.
Another word of advice it to shorten the window of time that we eat our meals and snacks. It’s effective to try to eat all our food within an 8-10 hour window. You see, the microbes in our gut have a cycle. If we stretch our meals out for too long a time period, it stops the the good microbial recycling from happening.
If we have a 12+ hour period of fasting each day this allows the for beneficial bacteria growth and supports the growth of bacteroidetes.
The second most important microbial technique is to get the right probiotic into our system with our meals.
This insures that the healthy fiber and protein that we are consuming is being converted to fat busting compounds and not gas. If we eat a lot of healthy high fiber foods but don’t have the healthy probiotics in our gut, we can end up with gas and bloating.
This is because the bad bacteria feed on the fiber as well. When the bad bacteria feeds on fiber it converts it into hydrogen and methane gas instead of fat busting compounds.
Our Perfect Pass Probiotics are the right type of probiotics. They are formulated with a unique choice of probiotic bacteria that are known to convert fibers in the diet to short chain fatty acids which are known as the ‘fat busters’.
This formula is made of endospore forming gut bacteria known as bacillus species.
Research has shown that these strains of bacillus species, particularly when taken with fiber, increase the production of short chain fatty acids by 40% and decrease gas production by 50% .
This is precisely the key type of change that we want when eating fiber rich foods together with bacillus strain probiotics.
No other probiotic strains have achieved this type of metabolic response to fiber so far.
Why Short Chain Fatty Acids are So Important.
SCFAs or short chain fatty acids literally control the entire metabolic process. They regulate the balance between making fat, burning fat, as well as breaking down and absorbing of fat from our diet.
Studies show that there is a direct effect from the increase of SCFA’s that are formed by good bacteria and the way they stimulate burning of fat and reducing accumulation of fat. Hence, it is the most direct evidence there is for how to change our metabolism.
Actually these changes happen at the genome level where the short chain fatty acids turn on fat burning genes and at the same time turn off fat storage genes. This is precisely what we want for permanent weight loss. We want to reprogram gene expression that controls how our bodies respond to food.
This is what we call epigenetics i.e. we are changing the gene expression of our metabolism. This is a much more permanent way to lose weight and keep it off without counting calories.
We can achieve this by taking these key strains of bacillus endospore probiotics that are found in Perfect Pass Probiotics, together with either following a diet that is rich in healthy fibers or simultaneously taking Perfect Pass Prebiotics made from PHGG.
Our bodies then become reprogrammed through the changes that occur with key genetic activation. What happens? Fat burns and fat accumulation gets less. At the same time there is an increase in energy metabolism, caloric burn, insulin sensitivity and feelings of being satisfied by the food we eat.
In the short term, there are lots of diets out there, but, the way to permanent weight loss and true metabolic health is achieved with ‘Metabolic Reprogramming’ so that our bodies literally become well tuned fat burning engines.