I've discussed many times in my newsletter and on my blog and website how important beneficial bacteria and microfloral balance are to your overall health. Now, yet another study confirms an additional benefit to probiotics--fat reduction. The study, published in the Journal of Functional Foods, found that the daily consumption of yogurt that contained certain strains of beneficial bacteria improved metabolism and cut body fat levels by up to 4 percent.
This is not surprising, considering other studies have shown that antibiotics (which kill all bacteria--good and bad--and lead to microfloral imbalances) can cause obesity in babies.
There are a variety of ways to boost the levels of beneficial bacteria in your body. Eating fermented foods--such as yogurt and sauerkraut--is one of my favorite ways. And taking a daily probiotic supplement is another way.
It's clearer than ever that messing with your bacterial balance has effects that reach far beyond a little digestive upset. Taking the simple steps to ensure that the friendly microflora in your system are robust and plentiful is more important than ever.
Now it's your turn: Do you take a daily probiotic, or eat fermented foods, to keep your system in balance?