The gut microbiome is one of the most complex pieces of the human puzzle, and it plays an influential role on your overall health and wellbeing. Home to trillions of microorganisms, it’s unsurprising that the gut microbiome has a direct relationship with body weight.
Having diverse and balanced gut bacteria can help lead to consistent body weight regulation, while improved digestion can minimise bloating and pain. Here’s how prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics can play a key role when it comes to your overall weight.
The role of prebiotics in gut health
Prebiotics are fibres that intestinal bacteria feed on, so they can help satisfy appetite earlier, which leaves less room to fill up on calorie-dense foods. A powerful benefit of prebiotic fibres is that they can give you that ‘filling’ effect, which may effectively suppress your tendency to continue eating even when you don’t need food.
In addition to higher intakes of fibre being linked to lower body weight, prebiotics can also be helpful by reducing the absorption of fat into the bloodstream.
How probiotics can help with weight loss
Probiotics can influence both your appetite and energy usage via the production of short-chain fatty acids. They can also help release appetite-reducing hormones that support faster burning of calories and fat. According to a study that monitored participants taking a probiotic formulation, there were demonstrable effects of reduced weight gain and fat gain.
Other ways that probiotics can support weight loss include boosting the levels of protein in your system, which can lead to decreased fat storage. They also help reduce system inflammation, which is important in the context of the strong link between obesity and inflammation throughout the body. Further studies have found that certain strains of the Lactobacillus family can help you lose weight and belly fat.
Postbiotics round out your gut health
On top of the benefits that prebiotics and probiotics can provide on your weight-loss journey, postbiotics can help regulate blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity, which may prevent food cravings and regular overeating.
The metabolic by-products of postbiotics can also stimulate your gut hormones, which increases the production of satiety hormones. Finally, postbiotics can boost the rate that your body burns fat – it does this by influencing the level of weight-loss-inducing brown fat within your body, which can help increase calorie burn.
When incorporated into your regular diet, the combined power of prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics can help improve your overall gut health and support weight loss. Meluka makes it easier to get these beneficial -biotics into your system with our wide range of delicious Probiotic Concentrates. Our P3 Gut Builder and the 3-in-1 Gut Nutrition System are also ways you can take control of your gut health to help achieve your weight-loss goals.