Probiotics are the good bacteria that keep your digestive system functioning at a healthy level. Found in yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi, these tiny bacteria also ensure that harmful bacteria and germs are kept in check, supporting immune system health as well.
New studies also show that probiotics could also help you lose weight and improve skin health.
Information released by the British Journal of Nutrition demonstrates that people supplementing with probiotics demonstrated greater weight loss when compared to those not taking probiotics. The study also indicated that those supplementing with probiotics demonstrated a reduced presence of bacteria that has been associated with weight gain and obesity.
Interestingly, the research seems to indicate that probiotics effects weight loss by making the walls of the intestinal tract less permeable, making it harder for the fats, sugars, and chemicals associated with obesity, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes to enter the blood and affect the body.
Article from Better Digestion, March 6, 2014.