|POST PREGNANCY WEIGHT AND PROBIOTICS|
17th European Congress on Obesity, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, May 6-9, 2009
Probiotic supplements during the first trimester of pregnancy can help women lose weight after their child’s birth, according to this new study.
Researchers found that supplements containing Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium were associated with less central obesity, defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more or a waist circumference over 80 centimeters. Women were given the supplements during their first trimester of pregnancy and continued them until they stopped exclusive breastfeeding, up to six months.
Previous research found that microbial populations in the gut are different between obese and lean people, and that when the obese people lost weight their microflora changed. The finding here is that obese people have a different population of intestinal bacteria than slim people. And the function of this gut microflora influences how heavy you are.
From your mouth to the other end the gastrointestinal tract contains billions of bacteria, good and bad. The good bacteria are designated as such as they prevent infection; help digest food, and aid in assimilation of nutrients. All together, these good bacteria (probiotics) make up about 70% of immune function. Looks like some of these bacteria are more efficient at extracting calories from the food we eat and depositing them in fat. If you have more of them you’ll be fatter.
Other benefits of taking probiotics during pregnancy are reducing your risk of premature labor, reduction of infant eczema, decreased food allergies, and lessening colic.
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