Finally, unhealthy gut bacteria can contribute to systemic inflammation. Recent research has shown that bacterial toxin levels are higher in those fighting obesity and type 2 diabetes(8), and in animal studies, higher levels of similar bacterial toxins have been shown to cause significant weight gain(9).
How Probiotics Can Help
Probiotics help to feed and balance the bacteria in your gut, promoting a healthier environment for diverse gut flora. Recently, scientists have been exploring the possibility of probiotic treatment for obesity, given the weight-loss promoting potential of healthier gut bacteria.
“Recent studies suggest that manipulation of the composition of the microbial ecosystem in the gut might be a novel approach in the treatment of obesity,” one review states(10).
“Such treatment might consist of altering the composition of the microbial communities of an obese individual by administration of beneficial microorganisms, commonly known as probiotics.”
Other studies have had success managing metabolic syndrome – the combination of obesity, blood sugar problems, high blood pressure and high cholesterol – with probiotic interventions(11).
Getting a dietary dose of probiotics isn’t hard – you can find them in yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, and other fermented foods.