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Lose Weight with Probiotics

Probiotics affect how we lose weight.

Lose Weight with Probiotics

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 Right Type of Probiotic

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.

Prebiotics and Butyrate

Prebiotics and  Butyrate What’s the Connection?

Prebiotics and Butyrate diagram

We used to think that the total surface of our digestive tract was about the size of a tennis court. Now, we know better …that’s been corrected. NIH study shows it to be the size of half a badminton court. With that said, it’s curious to note that there’s only one single layer of cells that separates our gut from the rest of our bodily function.

It’s very important to realize that the primary constituents that keep this very important cell layer alive are known as a short-chain fatty acid by the name of butyrate.

Butyrate is what our beneficial flora makes from the soluble fiber we take in.

So what happens, in essence, is that we feed the beneficial flora in our gut, and then the beneficial bacteria, in turn, help to feed us by keeping our digestive tract healthy.

Our good gut bacteria thrive on the soluble fiber or prebiotics that we ingest and the good bacteria provide the vital energy source for the cells that line our gut.

Now, what about bad bacteria?

We have to address the issue that there are bad bacteria all around as well. The more they proliferate, the sicker we become. The challenge we face it to consistently keep lots of the good bacteria around but at the same time get rid of the bad or pathogenic bacteria

The way our good flora tell our immune system that they’re helpful and beneficial bacteria, and not bad bacteria, is by butyrate signals. Clinical rsearch has shown us how butyrate is able to suppresses inflammatory reaction and how butyrate instructs our immune system to calms down.

When butyrate levels are low, our immune system doesn’t know this and is therefore unable to stop their attack on bacteria.

When we don’t fuel the growth of good bacteria with enough fiber, we don’t produce enough butyrate. Hypothetically, we could have lots of good bacteria, however, if we fail to feed them with fiber, they don’t make butyrate.

Unfortunately when our body senses low levels of butyrate, it mistakenly thinks that our gut is filled with bad bacteria and responds accordingly. What happens is that our human body may mistake low fiber intake for having a population of bad bacteria in our gut.

In reality, our human body has evolved over millions of years, all the time getting massive fiber intake. Our body doesn’t recognize modern day, processed foods which sorely lack soluble fiber, the very fuel needed for butyrate production.

For all this time, low butyrate has implied bad bacteria, so that’s the reason our body goes into an inflammatory offensive response.

You can prevent this from happening by making sure that you take an excellent source of prebiotic soluble fiber on a daily basis. It’s critical for butyrate production to support optimal health.

Butyrate: Feeding the Gut and Beyond for Animal Health

5 Reasons to Take Prebiotics

Our gut health is the cornerstone of a strong healthy body, immune system and optimal brain function. Supplementing our diet with probiotics is good for keeping our bacteria in balance. We want an abundance of good bacteria to crowd out the bad bacteria. Prebiotics are the best way to feed your good bacteria.

While it’s very important to take prebiotics to feed our probiotics, there’s compelling new research showing that prebiotics benefit our systems in many other ways.

Prebiotics have now become an important consideration in maintaining gut health.

Five Reasons You Should be Taking Prebiotics

  • Reduces Food Cravings
  • Intestinal Health – prebiotics increase bulk in stools & shorten the transit time in the intestines
  • Reduces Inflammation – encourages the growth of good gut bacteria which reduces symptoms associated with IBS, Crohn’s and IBD
  • Lowers Cholesterol – aids in the break down of cholesterol in the GI tract.
  • Strengthens Immune System – provides food for probiotics which increases good gut bugs.

Let’s talk about the benefit that prebiotics help with food cravings.

Recently Dr. Oz interviewed Dr. Frank Lipman who told us much more about this and how it actually works.

Dr. Lipman is considered a pioneer in functional and integrative medicine who has helped thousands of people increase their energy by combining modern medicine with alternative medicine.

Dr. Lipman is the founder and director of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City and an author of many New York Times-bestselling books.

Dr. Frank Lipman on why you should take prebioticsThere is an exciting new body of research from a 2016 study done by the University of Glasgow which shows that chemicals produced in the colon when eating fiber effect food cravings. Short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) produced through fermentation of non-digestible carbohydrates in the gut have a positive metabolic impact on our appetite.

This study shows how fiber can help with the most common barrier to weight loss..food cravings! Click Here to see the full interview.

Just as all probiotics are not the same, not all prebiotics are the same. The prebiotic that we like the best is PHGG. That stands for Partially Hydrolyzed Guar Gum.

Why PHGG

This prebiotic fiber is unique in comparison to other non galactomannan based fibers.

A prebiotic fiber is one that produces “short chain fatty acids” (SCFA) in the gut. The rate of production of SCFA’s is very important. They are produced via a fermentation process. If the fermentation happens rapidly (like inulin and others) the result is a lot of physically uncomfortable bloating and socially uncomfortable flatulence.

The fermentation process of PHGG is extremely slow in comparison to other fibers, so there is much more time to produce a higher total amount of SCFA’s and they are produced slowly, so there is much less gas and discomfort.

In a twelve week study done by The Department of Gastroenterology, Sapir Medical Center, Kfar-Saba, Israel in 2016  the results showed that PHGG helps Irritable Bowel Syndrome, with increases in the concentration of bifidobacterium and lactobacilli species and increases short-chain fatty acids in the colon. It also showed to have a positive effect on reducing blood cholesterol, controlling blood sugar levels and reducing acute diarrhea.

More about Short Chain Fatty Acids

There are basically three main types of Short Chain Fatty Acids – SCFA.

They are Acetates, Propionates, and Butyrates.

Of the 3 types of SCFA, the acetates and propionates are beneficial, but they tend to transfer through the walls of the intestine and get metabolized in muscle or liver.

Its only the Butyrates that remain in the digestive system and act as a food, energy source for the beneficial microflora.

If you are looking for a prebiotic derived from PHGG try taking Perfect Pass Prebiotic. It’s the best way to insure you are getting the most out of your probiotics. Right now take 15% off PerfectPass Probiotic when you buy it together with PerfectPass Prebiotic

 

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