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Probiotics may help reduce child obesity

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Research shows antibiotics may be the trigger

One in five of UK school age children is actually obese – a significant risk factor for long term health. But new research suggests it may not just be for the obvious reasons – too much food and too little exercise.

An unexpected trigger may be antibiotics.

We know that antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria, altering and impoverishing the composition of the microbiome – the vast community of microbes that inhabit the gut.

A healthy balance of bacteria in your gut is central to immune health. We know, too, that the role of probiotics (good bacteria) is to crowd out and fight off any harmful or pathogenic bacteria that can otherwise allow infections to take hold.

So, until recently, most research on probiotics was focused on how they can help resolve inflammatory conditions like IBS and yeast infections like candida and thrush.

But now new work by Professor Martin Blaser of New York University School of Medicine indicates that probiotics might have a role in helping prevent childhood obesity – which is on the rise.

Here’s how.

How antibiotics reduce hunger signals

Professor Blaser notes that most children, as they grow up, are exposed to multiple doses of antibiotics for complaints like ear and throat infections. This inevitably adversely alters the balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut – certainly in the medium term, and in some cases, long term.

One effect of this adverse balance is to weaken the effect of a hormone that regulates hunger levels – called ghrelin. Ghrelin is produced in the stomach and intestines and normally when you eat, ghrelin levels drop, and that signals to your brain that you feel full and you stop eating.

However, when there are too many harmful bacteria in the gut, the microbiome balance is disturbed and levels of ghrelin stay high even after eating. The individual takes longer to feel full – and overeats.

It is this sequence, suggests Dr Blaser, that may help explain the rising tide of childhood obesity. (Other researchers suggest the sequence may well apply to adults.)

Add in the effect of more sedentary lifestyles and the ubiquity of high calorie food, and it is a credible hypothesis.

How multi-strain probiotics can help

Since probiotics are so safe, it seems a good safeguard to ensure that a child should receive a short programme of probiotics following a course of antibiotics. I would suggest a month of probiotics.

If you do, it should be a multi-strain probiotic because different strains colonise in different parts of the gut and have different functions.

Probiotics may help reduce child obesity NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

Since there is now good evidence that a good multi-strain probiotic can improve digestion, help reduce the severity of allergies and improve the absorption of nutrients, it can only have a general positive effect on your child’s health.

MicroBiotic Plus is a multi-strain probiotic that has been developed from research at Nebraska University – a world centre for probiotic research. It contains some of the most effective Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains.

There is a free report on the latest evidence for probiotics that you can get on this page https://uni-vite.com/microbiotic/


This article was written by Colin Rose
Senior Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine, who has been writing on science for 40 years


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MicroBiotic Plus is a 7-strain probiotic with 7.5 billion live probiotics and added prebiotic fibre. See microbiotic.co.uk.

Probiotics may help reduce child obesity NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

Probiotics may help reduce child obesity NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

Dr Paul Clayton’s best-selling book Health Defence is available from booksellers.

Read it here online or see the website www.healthdefence.com for excerpts and links to buy direct from the publisher.


Probiotics may help reduce child obesity NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

See online here for delicious recipes from the Health Defence Cookbook incorporating healthy foods featuring in a Mediterranean Diet.


References:

  1. Antibiotics in early life and obesity: Laura M. Cox and Martin J. Blaser; Nat Rev Endocrinol. 2015 Mar; 11(3): 182–190.
  2. Antibiotic overuse: Stop the killing of beneficial bacteria. Blaser M. Nature. 2011 Aug 24;476(7361):393-4.

How to choose a probiotic that really works

How to choose a probiotic that really works NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

Why an effective probiotic MUST include multiple strains

A good probiotic supplement will help create a healthy balance of bacteria in your gut. It increases the ratio of good to ‘bad’ bacteria in what’s called your microbiome.

This can improve your health in many ways, including improving digestion, stronger immune response, addressing issues like yeast infection (candida) and intestinal inflammation, and even helping to normalise cholesterol and preventing stomach upsets while travelling.

An unbalanced microbiome can cause skin problems like acne, depression and even possibly Type 1 diabetes, allergies and asthma. Moreover, some 25% of medications adversely affect gut bacterial growth.

How to choose a probiotic that really works NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

So, it’s no wonder there has been an explosion of interest in the therapeutic use of probiotic supplements.

But you need to choose a probiotic supplement that has multiple strains.

Because different strains work in different parts of your gut to confer different health benefits.

Colonising AND transient probiotics

One key point to look for in a probiotic supplement is:  Does your probiotic supplement contain both colonising bacteria (also called ‘resident’ bacteria) and transient bacteria?

Colonising good bacteria

Colonising or resident bacteria strains live on the walls of your gut where they help form a barrier or coating that protects you against harmful or pathogenic bacteria.

Transient good bacteria

Transient bacteria strains – as the name implies – move through the digestive system and are eventually evacuated.

But transient bacteria strains are just as important as colonising bacteria. That’s because, while in the gut, they play a role in increasing immune function, and fighting specific harmful bacteria.

We now know there is a direct connection between the gut and the brain, which is why certain strains of bacteria can positively affect the nervous system – meaning that, for some people, a probiotic can improve mood.

The right probiotic mix

The University of Nebraska is a leading probiotic research centre. Work there has led to the development of a combined colonising/transient multi-strain probiotic (with added prebiotics, too) called Microbiotic Plus.

How to choose a probiotic that really works NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

Examples of colonising bacteria strains in the multi-strain probiotic Microbiotic Plus include:

  • Lactobacillus acidophilus
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus
  • Bifidobacterium lactis and
  • Bacillus coagulans Produra – this being an especially hardy and effective strain

Examples of transient bacteria strains in Microbiotic Plus include:

  • Lactobacillus casei
  • Lactobacillus plantarum, and
  • Streptococcus thermophilus

By incorporating multiple strains of both colonising and transient bacteria Miicrobiotic Plus better mirrors the conditions of a healthy gut flora.

Think of your microbiome – the mix of billions of different bacteria in your intestines – as a community, which needs different specialists to function properly.

For these reasons, multi-strain formulas have been proven to be more effective than single-strain formulas. Indeed the right combination can boost your ability to even overcome pathogenic bacteria like E. coli and C. difficile.

By taking a probiotic you are adding reinforcements to create a better balance between good and bad bacteria.

Obviously all the bacteria in your probiotic supplement will need to survive the harsh acidic conditions of the stomach to reach the various areas of the gut and became effective.

Research at the University of Nebraska shows the strains in Microbiotic Plus can do this. And your diet helps – high fibre foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains, feed the helpful bacteria in your gut.

 You can get a full report on probiotics from this link https://uni-vite.com/microbiotic/how-probiotics-improve-your-health-report/


How to choose a probiotic that really works NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

This article was written by Colin Rose, a Senior Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine, who has been writing on science for 40 years.


If you enjoyed this article, please share it with family and friends. You can follow us on Facebook or Twitter for daily headline health tweets.

How to choose a probiotic that really works NutriShield Multi Vitamins and MineralsHow to choose a probiotic that really works NutriShield Multi Vitamins and MineralsHow to choose a probiotic that really works NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

How to choose a probiotic that really works NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals
Register now for a free monthly e-newsletter on the latest in nutrition and health research.


How to choose a probiotic that really works NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

MicroBiotic Plus is a health supplement in Uni-Vite’s shield range, containing 7 different probiotic strains at a rate of 7.5 billion per capsule, plus 250mg of prebiotic fibre.


How to choose a probiotic that really works NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

Dr Paul Clayton’s best-selling book Health Defence is available from booksellers.

Read it here online or see the website www.healthdefence.com for excerpts and links to buy direct from the publisher.


How to choose a probiotic that really works NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

See online here for delicious recipes from the Health Defence Cookbook incorporating healthy foods featuring in a Mediterranean Diet.


References:

Manipulating the Gut Microbiota to Maintain Health and Treat Disease. Scott, Karen P. et al. Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease 26 (2015)

Probiotics: a role in the treatment of intestinal infection and inflammation? E IsolauriP V Kirjavainen, S Salminen, Gut Vol 50 BMJ

Probiotics: effects on immunity. Isolauri E, Sütas Y, Kankaanpää P, et al. Am J Clin Nutr2001;73:S444–50.

Probiotics in human disease; Isolauri E. Am J Clin Nutr2001;73:11425–65

Sought or the Unwanted? ; Sun, Y., Coppé, J. P., & Lam, E. W. F. Trends in Molecular Medicine. (2018).