Probiotics For Weight Loss: Why Probiotics Are A $30 Billion Industry Now [Video]

There’s plenty of buzz about probiotics in recent years. In fact, folks are buying probiotics so much, reports a video from ABC News, that probiotics have become a $30 billion industry. Probiotics represent the “good” bacteria and yeast that have been touted as helping everything from encouraging weight loss to easing the symptoms of depression and irritable bowel syndrome. In the video, an illustration is used to help viewers imagine how good bacteria can help cure “leaky guy” syndrome and more.

A search for “probiotics” on Amazon turns up plenty of supplements for sale, and probiotic sparkling drinks are all the rage — likely competing with the forthcoming “fat water” to see who can win the weight loss wars. Thus far, probiotics are winning in terms of sales of the products, which have increased by nearly 30 percent.

Probiotics claim to help with weight loss and digestive system improvements, plus immunity boosting. They could even attack bloating and intestinal infections, if the theory of probiotics creating a barrier blocking bad bacteria in the gut is to be believed. While all the scientific evidence hasn’t caught up with claims from users who swear by probiotics, researchers are studying the claims of probiotics helping type 2 diabetes.

The theory is that if bad bacteria leaks into the walls of the intestine, they could have a bad effect upon the entire body. Those bad guys could create “fog brain,” depressive moods, and more. It might even create infections and contribute to weight gain, leading to obesity. Scientists have played around with exchanging the good bacteria found in guts of thin, lean mice, and put them in obese mice and learned that it made a difference.

Probiotics can help folks stop damaging their body’s ecosystem, reports CBS News. They’ve been praised with helping acne and skin rashes to a range of serious diseases. The new book, The Microbiome Solution: A Radical New Way to Heal Your Body from the Inside Out by Dr. Robynne Chutkan, M.D., a Georgetown University Hospital gastroenterologist, explains more about the benefits of probiotics.

Chutkan revealed the science behind children with autism having microbiome imbalances, along with those who may experience bloating, brain fog, and a hard time losing weight — as well as skin rashes and food intolerances. Antibiotics are a big reason some bodies get “hyper cleaned” to the point where they need good bacteria in their guts. Drugs like Advil and others can do the same thing.

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