Probiotics Can Help You Stay Sexy

Posted on June 7th, 2012 by author  |  2 Comments »

yogurt with probioticsAre you looking for a natural way to stay sexy? Here’s a good idea: get enough probiotics. According to recent studies, probiotic-rich foods may give “sexiness” to people who consume them.

Dr. Joseph Mercola agrees and says: “One of the major results of eating a healthy diet like the one described in my nutrition plan is that you stimulate your beneficial gut bacteria to flourish naturally, and they secondarily perform the real ‘magic’ of restoring your health and also, perhaps, your ‘sexiness.’”

The Impact of Probiotics on Your Weight

When it comes to being sexy, one of the first things that come to people’s mind is weight loss. If you are struggling to lose weight, you must make sure that you have optimal gut flora. Studies say that the makeup of gut bacteria in lean people is different from those in obese people.

One study reveals that compared to lean people, obese individuals have 20 percent more Firmicutes, a certain family of bacteria, and almost 90 percent less Bacteroidetes bacteria. Firmicutes work by helping your body to get more calories from complex sugars, and then deposit them in fat. When researchers transplanted these Firmicute microbes into normal-weight mice, it was found that the mice began to accumulate almost twice the amount of fat. (link)

“This is one explanation for how the microflora in your gut may play a key role in weight management,” says Dr. Mercola.

In another study, it was found that obese people who drank a fermented milk beverage rich in probiotics for 12 weeks reduced their abdominal fat by almost five percent and their subcutaneous fat by over three percent. Meanwhile, the control group who was not given the drink received no significant fat reductions during the study period. (link)

You May Get More “Swagger” with Probiotics

A study published in the journal Scientific American noted that mice who consumed probiotic-rich yogurt developed a certain “swagger”—they would project their testes outwards. According to the researchers, this was because the mice’s testicles became five times heavier compared to mice that were given a typical diet and 15 percent heavier than mice who consumed junk food. (link)

The mice that ate yogurt were also found to inseminate their partners faster and produced more offspring. Female mice who were given yogurt also acquired benefits, such as giving birth to bigger pups and being able to raise them more successfully.

Probiotics from the yogurt also made the fur of the mice thicker, silkier, and shinier. Their active follicle density is also 10 times more than regular mice.

What’s the Best Source of Probiotics?

Many people think that the best way to get probiotics is to consume yogurt. The problem is that most commercial yogurts found in supermarkets today are pasteurized. They also contain harmful additives like high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), artificial sweeteners, and coloring that may wreak havoc on your health.

Dr. Mercola says that if you want to add yogurt in your diet, you must choose yogurt made from organic raw milk. This is a rich source of probiotics. There are also other naturally fermented foods you can try, such as:

  • Natto, a traditionally fermented soy product that is popular in Japan
  • Kefir and other fermented milk products. A quart of unpasteurized kefir contains more active bacteria than probiotic supplements.
  • Fermented vegetables like eggplant, cabbage, turnips, onions, cucumber, squash, and carrots
  • Lassi, an Indian yogurt beverage that is usually enjoyed before dinner

Dr. Mercola says that eating fermented foods like these regularly will help “reseed” your body’s beneficial bacteria, which is under constant assault from antibiotics, chlorinated water, antibacterial soap, the metabolic byproducts of stress, and poor diet, especially sugar consumption.

Aside from consuming traditionally fermented foods, Dr. Mercola also recommends taking a high-quality probiotic supplement.

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