You’ve woken up, your body is well rested and your morning ritual of standing in front of the mirror in nothing but your underwear has begun. You stand there, proud, admiring all that you’ve worked for. Those muscular legs, your boulder shoulders and then your eyes stray towards your abs and all you can see is stubborn fat! You’ve been obsessively trying to get rid of it through diet, blood, sweat and tears but it’s just not shifting. What’s the answer?
What are they? They are the good bacteria in your body that restore the natural balance of bacteria in your stomach and intestines; and helps those abs shine on through! But what exactly are the benefits of taking probiotics?
Digestion and GI health
- Probiotics aid the digestion and absorption of nutrients (including vitamins, minerals and protein) from food. Which we all know is vital in ensuring your bodies development and keeping it strong! They also affect the production of neurotransmitters that are made in the GI tract, which allow for better cognition and motivation.
- They support the growth of anti-inflammatory microflora in the gut and can promote reductions in body fat. A Japanese study found that increasing probiotic levels over a four week period decreased belly fat by 8.2% by improving the participants’ metabolism. Sells itself, doesn’t it?
- Probiotics displace pathogenic, harmful bacteria and improve the body’s ability to eliminate waste products and foreign compounds. We all love a clean house, so why not a clean body? For those of you that enjoy a cheeky drink on a Friday evening (and again on Saturday, then finish the splurge of a Sunday), it can help prevent damage to the liver and other organs, or harm to your body through the use of antibiotics or everyday painkillers. A study of rats found that toxicity was prevented in the body and damage to the liver in those that were administered probiotics 7 days before painkillers (specificially Tylenol, in this case).
Researchers found a group eating probiotic enriched yoghurts experienced significantly greater weight loss and abdominal fat loss compared to a placebo group. However, I must mention, to match the levels of probiotics used by the study group, you’d have to eat dairy with EVERY meal. Who’s got time (or a portable fridge) for that any way? Not only that, but foods and liquids that already contain probiotics are a rather ‘acquired’ taste and can be on the expensive side. So why not just used a supplement?
Probiotics are classed as food, and not medicine, therefore they do not go through the rigorous testing that medicine does, so make sure you read the labels! You should be purchasing probiotics that actually contain live microflora bacteria. You also need to consider that a lot of products only guarantee live bacteria at time of manufacture, so make sure the distributor guarantees their product by the date of expiration! The probiotics to look out for:
- Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM
- Bifidobacterium lactis BI-07or HN019
- Bacillus Indicus HU36
- Bacillus Subtilis HU58
- Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001
- Saccharomyces boulardii
But if you don’t have the time to research and don’t really know where to start, our team recommend ‘Vivomixx Probiotic 450 Billion’… (see link below)
My final words; probiotics, why wouldn’t you?
Power Moves Fitness
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