American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Hospital, Dubai Healthcare City
Certified MedPro in Colon Hydrotherapy
Nutritionist, Naturopathic Wellness Therapist
S.N.H.S. Dip (Nutrition), S.N.H.S. Dip (Diabetes Risk Assessment), S.N.H.S. Dip (Herbalism), S.N.H.S. Dip (Aromatherapy), Post Grad Naturopathic Health Sciences
Member of the Board of Governance and Middle East Representative for The International Register of Integrative Colon Therapists and Trainers (RICTAT)
There are many researches that prove the effectiveness of probiotics for weight loss. Does it mean that one who wants to lose weight should take more products that have probiotics? Is it enough to take probiotics with food or one has to take a dietary supplement?
No, it is a bit more complex than stating probiotics are effective in weight loss. Articles stating claims can often be mistaken for “research”. Weight loss can be inhibited if we suffer from gastrointestinal conditions such as leaky gut, intestinal inflammation, candidiasis and constipation as a few examples where probiotics may be needed, but relying on probiotics for weight loss will not solve the root cause of the problem of excess weight or obesity. There are many co-factors that enhance weight gain and ultimately one has to look at the food we are eating first and foremost. Certain foods can help the natural production of probiotics in the intestines so once again we should be looking at our dietary intake in terms of food for weight loss and not dietary supplements.
When does the human body need a dose of probiotics from outside? Which are the main nutritives that influence the change in microbiome?
It is helpful to take a probiotic when we are suffering from low immunity, colds and flu, gastrointestinal inflammation and problems such as diarrhoea, constipation, flatulence or candiasis. It is also essential to take probiotics after a course of antibiotics. The gut microbiome changes rapidly based on what we eat and consume whether it be food, liquids, medication or supplements. Emotional and environmental factors can also affect the gut microbiome.
Bifido and lacto bacterias – do their effects differ? Is it true that with different symptoms one should take different probiotics?
Yes different symptoms are best treated with specific individual strains of probiotics. Each strain has unique properties and will have a different effect in different parts of the intestines. Probiotics are normally made up of a genus or family (eg. Lactobacillus), a species (eg. rhamnosus), and then a strain. Whilst the genus and species tells us a bit about its properties and where the probiotic settles in the body, it is the probiotic strain itself which determines it’s real effectiveness. The Lactobacillus family exist comfortably in the small intestine, whereas the Bifidobacterium family are more comfortable in the large intestine.
If there are no problems with digestive tract, should one take a course of probiotics in a form of a dietary supplement?
It is not essential as we can assist the natural growth of probiotics through eating specific foods and maintaining a well balanced and healthy diet however, a low dose probiotic supplement for consistent immunity maintenance is beneficial.
Is it possible by take probiotics to avoid first manifestations of stress?
Yes probiotics can help manage manifestations of stress. Stress often affects the gut first and foremost and can result in symptoms such as constipation, diarrhoea and abdominal bloating. Probiotics can assist in relieving these symptoms.
Are there any recommended amounts (portions) of products with probiotics that are safe and useful in prevention of digestive track diseases?
As mentioned above, dietary and nutritional intake in the form of food should be paramount. If we rely on supplements for prevention then we run the risk of doing our bodies a major disservice in the long run.