Most people know that off-the-shelf probiotics help with digestion and stomach problems.
These good bacteria multiply in our body, supporting our gut and immune system.
However, did you know there are also specific strains that can impact weight?
In today's episode of Diet Talk, we talk about “Thermogenic” probiotic strains and how they’re slowly replacing many traditional weight loss solutions.
1. What Are “Thermogenic” Probiotic Strains?
Thermogenic Probiotics are specific strains of good bacteria that have been studied to ease cravings, boost metabolism, manage calorie absorption and break down fat cells.
In other words, these gut bacteria mirror the positive effects of thermogenic supplements like green tea extract, caffeine and capsicum without the negative thermogenic side effects like:
Elevated heart rates
Increase in blood pressure
Some of these natural thermogenic strains - L. Gasseri, B. Breve and B. Lactis - are commonly found in certain types of milk, cottage cheese, kombucha, sauerkraut and specific yogurts.
2. The Rise Of Thermogenic Probiotics In The Weight Loss Space.
In 2015, scientists in Japan researching the effects of a probiotic strain (L. Gasseri SBT 2055) made an interesting finding.
They ran a multiple center study where 210 people ingested the L. Gasseri strain with fermented milk for a period of 12 weeks.
The subjects were instructed not to make big changes to their diet and exercise routines to keep the variables consistent.
On average, the 210 people experienced positive results with an 8.5% impact on weight (specifically around their midsection).
Others reported reduced inches while being able to keep the weight off during the full duration of the research.
Strains like B. Breve and B. Lactis have also been through multiple tests/trials to understand their impact on increasing metabolism, supporting healthy cholesterol levels and acting as anti-inflammatories.
In addition, many people who have tried thermogenic probiotics for weight loss also report better energy, sleep, healthier cravings and better immune function.
3. The King’s College Twin Study On The Effects Of Thermogenic Probiotics.
Tim Spector, a professor and expert in gut microbes conducted a study which analyzed why some pairs of identical twins have significant differences in body weight.
The identical twins he studied had 100% of the same genes, grew up in the same environment and ate the same diet.
Yet one twin was overweight while the other stayed slim.
The researchers found that this could be due to the twins having different types of gut bacteria combination.
In particular, the slimmer twins had certain types of thermogenic gut bacteria which helped them to remain slim.
That’s not all. When the researchers took their gut bacteria and transplanted them into mice...
Mice who received gut bacteria from overweight participants gained weight and in time became obese.
4. Natural Foods & Supplements That Support The Weight Management Effects Of Thermogenic Probiotics.
In order for thermogenic probiotics to have a maximum impact on weight, there are a few key points you need to consider for best results.
- Manage Excessive Inflammation.
If possible, you should include curcumin supplements, olive oil, tomatoes and fatty fish like salmon in your diet as they are great support systems for joint pains, brain fog or low energy levels.
- Remove High-Fat, High-Sugar Diets
Addictive foods like bad fat and sugar are typically the root causes of poor weight.
Introducing moringa leaf (in supplement form), blueberries, strawberries, dark chocolate (80% cacao or more) or even eggs can help cravings for junk food.
- Improve General Gut Health
Having a mix of prebiotics and green leafy vegetables is very useful for people with existing gut issues.
Prebiotics are fibers that probiotics feed on to grow and colonize. They help with constipation, loose stool or stomach pains. Some Prebiotics can also help with poor sleep, anxiety and erratic mood swings.
5. Media & Publicity Around Thermogenic Probiotic Strains.
On 24th Feb 2014, Dr. Julie Chen, a gut health specialist mentioned on the Dr. Oz Show that:
“L. Gasseri inhibits a gene for fat production, so it speeds up metabolism.”
While research is still considered early, further clinical studies and great feedback from consumers have been supporting its growing reputation.
From medical doctors to naturopaths, most opinions on what's working in weight loss is shifting towards more natural solutions that reduce the risks of undiscovered side effects.
6. Final Thoughts On Thermogenic Probiotics & Their Impact On Stubborn Fat.
Whether on the keto, paleo, vegan diets or simply trying out intermittent fasting, adding thesespecific thermogenic strainsto our diets can be beneficial for the gut and metabolic support.
From early results so far…
Thermogenic probiotic strains look like they are going to become a big part of natural weight management within the next 1-3 years.
And due to its organic nature, we foresee thermogenic probiotics replacing traditional weight loss solutions and becoming a staple in most households.
What do you think of Thermogenic Probiotics?
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