For as long as we can remember, people have longed for an easy way to shed those pesky pounds. Some people say claim that taking probiotics can help you lose weight, but is that really true?

Read on as our team at AFC Urgent Care Cleveland provides some helpful information on this growing trend.

What Are Probiotics?

In a nutshell, probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for you and especially good for your digestive system. Words like bacteria carry a negative connotation, but your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad.

And one major way that probiotics help your body is by helping maintain the balance of your “good” and “bad” bacteria so that everything works the way that it should.

Other Things Probiotics Improve

  • Can ease symptoms of IBS
  • Can prevent and treat yeast infections
  • Can treat allergies and asthma
  • Can treat stomach infections, especially in children

Are Probiotics’ Weight-Loss Powers a Myth?

Sorry probiotics pound-shedding believers, but most experts say that the currently available probiotic supplements won’t help you lose much if any, weight. All hope is not lost, though, because researchers are still studying the relation between weight and stomach bacteria, so there’s still potential.

What doctors and experts do recommend to incite weight loss is, as usual, a healthy diet and regular exercise. In addition, experts say that probiotic supplements can be a great aid to weight loss. A balance of a healthy diet first and probiotics second enhances your body’s good bacteria and keeps you in tip-top health.

Foods That Are Great for Digestion & Weight Loss

  • Yogurt
  • Apples
  • Whole grains
  • Dark green vegetables
  • Salmon
  • Beans and legumes

Are you having stomach issues? Visit us at AFC Urgent Care Cleveland today to receive the treatment you need!