Eating foods rich in “friendly” bacteria is quickly proving to be the best way to support your health and maintain a healthy weight. In addition to supporting digestive health, probiotics are also proving effective in curbing diet-busting sugar cravings.
Probiotics are the microscopic organisms that defend, or support against, over 170 disease and health conditions; most of what probiotics do start in the digestive system. Most people think of the digestive system as a place where food is broken down and nutrients are sent throughout the body. However, few people know that the digestive system is closely connected with the immune system. In fact, your digestive system is connected to nearly 80% of your immune system, with nearly all immune function starting in the stomach and intestines; this includes releasing hormones that curb the craving for sugar, this is where probiotics are proving to be very effective.
Probiotics Thrive in a Healthy Digestive System
There are an estimated 100 trillion bacteria in the digestive system. Nutritionists and doctors recommend that 85% of these bacteria consist of probiotics, or good bacteria. Probiotics provide many health benefits. In addition to supporting healthy digestion, probiotics have demonstrated to reduce symptoms of colitis, IBS, acne and yeast infections. Probiotics also provide relief from sugar cravings, resulting in stable blood sugar levels and weight loss.
Probiotics, especially Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria like L.Acidophilus, L.Bifidus, L.Plantarum, B. Lactis thrive in a healthy digestive system. Among the several ways these probiotics support health is through reducing cravings for sugar and sweets. While researchers are still researching how probiotics reduce the cravings for sugar, they hypothesize it is closely related to bacteria’s need to feed on prebiotics.
Prebiotics are carbohydrates that serve as food for probiotics. Probiotics living in the digestive system feed on carbohydrates, which consist of sugar. Harmful bacteria feed on sugars too; however, when probiotics are kept at a ration of 9:1, they significantly outnumber potentially harmful bacteria.
As probiotics feed on sugars from carbohydrates and prebiotics, they essentially use up the body’s excess supply of sugar, stabilizing blood sugar and minimizing the “highs” and “lows” that results in mood swings, energy loss and weight gain.
Unfortunately, people living in civilized countries are more frequently experiencing health issues directly related to a lack of probiotics in their system. This lack of probiotics is directly related to our diet, and is the result of excess:
Agricultural chemicals and pesticides
Research now concludes that consuming probiotic supplements each day has a more positive influence on your health than a daily multivitamin. In addition, studies also conclude that using a probiotic supplement results in greater weight loss when compared to non-probiotic users.
The weight loss associated with probiotic supplementation is a direct result of probiotics ability to decrease sugar cravings. The decrease craving for sugar essentially starves harmful bacteria, parasites and yeast; all of which thrive when sugar is present.
Probiotic supplements provide between 10 and 250 billion live culture units of helpful bacteria per serving. Supplementing with probiotics has demonstrated a significant decrease in sugar cravings in as little as four days, this kills of harmful microorganisms and provides you with steady, consistent energy.
Severe sugar cravings may be an indication of a probiotic deficiency. Address this deficiency by supplementing your diet with a high-quality probiotic supplement.