Nutrition and Healing

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For easy weight loss, send in the good guys

Weight loss? Wonderful.

Reduced risk of cancer and heart disease? Fantastic.

Combining weight loss with reduced risk of cancer and heart disease? Priceless!

And to all that we can add one more word: easy.

Two recent studies reaffirm the healthy benefits of using probiotic supplements. If you’re new to the concept of probiotics, it’s pretty simple. Your digestive system contains a staggering array of different types of bacteria. Some are good. Some are bad. And as you might suspect, giving the good guys a boost can only do you good.

In one of the two new studies, a daily supplement of a probiotic type called Lactobacillus rhamnosus helped women lose weight AND keep it off. The 12-week study tested the supplement on 125 overweight men and women. Not only did the women lose weight, but they continued to lose weight for another 12 weeks.

Ask any woman who’s struggled with different weight-loss diets. That is NOT the way it usually goes. Just the opposite!

Researchers couldn’t say why women benefited and men didn’t. But in a second study (which used a different probiotic) the guys fared just as well as the women.

In this study, the supplement was fermented milk that contained Lactobacillus gasseri. After three months, those who used the supplement experienced “a significant lowering effect on abdominal adiposity.”

Put more simply: they cut back on their belly fat.

Now, anyone who’s trying to lose weight will be more than happy to say, “Adios!” to belly fat. But more importantly, the REAL bonus in shedding that fat around your waist is the effect it has on your health.

Last summer I told you how excess belly fat sharply increases cancer risk. And previous studies have shown how those love handles also increase risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other serious health problems. (You can read more about that research here.)

When shopping for a probiotic, be sure to use a high quality, high potency supplement that contains different LIVE strains of “colony forming units” (CFU). And those units should number in the billions. In addition to the two strains mentioned above, also look for Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacteria bifidum.

And one more probiotic tip: swallow capsules with spring water or filtered water — never with normal tap water. Chlorine is added to tap water to kill bacteria. And unlike you and me, chlorine doesn’t care if bacteria are good or bad.


Certain probiotics could help women lose weight, study finds: (

Effect of Lactobacillus gasseri SBT2055 in fermented milk on abdominal adiposity in adults in a randomised controlled trial: (

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