Obesity and probiotics

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Why are probiotics essential to weight loss and general health?

  1. Create vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, K, folate and Biotin
  2. Make short-chain fatty acids that feed the gut lining and lower intestinal pH
  3. Help digest food
  4. Produce lactase to digest milk
  5. Detoxification of harmful products
  6. Helps to balance hormones
  7. Will eliminate harmful bacteria and fungi and also produce bacteriocins and anti-fungals to fight them
  8. Have a positive effect on cholesterol and triglycerides; boost immune cells; reduce inflammation and enhance cell repair
  9. Help for diarrhoea: bacterial, antibiotic associated and rotavirus
  10. Support the immune system and essential in development of child immune system
  11. Enhance intestinal absorption of calcium, magnesium, potassium and zinc
  12. Reduce irritable bowel syndrome
  13. Reduce inflammation in Chron`s and ulcerative colitis
  14. Helps with food allergies
  15. Probiotics has an anti-cancer effect in the colon
  16. Probiotics reduce insulin resistance

Major bacteria and archaea phyla and genera found in the human gut microbiota


  • Firmicutes:   Ruminococcus , Clostridium, Peptostreptococcus, Lactobacillus & Enterococcus
  • Bacteroidetes:   Bacteroides
  • Proteobacteria:   Desulfovibrio, Escherichia, Helicobacter,
  • Verrucomicrobia
  • Actinobacteria:   Bifidobacterium
  • Cyanobacteria:   Synergistes


  • Euryarchaeota:   Methanobrevibacter

If you are concerned about the bacterial health in your digestive tract, you should consider a stool test.



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Dr James Liddell is an Integrated Healthcare Specialist (B.Pharm; M.Pharm; PhD; SAPC and PSSA registered) specialising in integrating different disciplines of healthcare to ensure holistic healthcare solutions. With 25 years experience as a Pharmacist, Dr of Nutrition and Complementary & Alternative Medicine Healthcare Practitioner, he believes lifestyle is ultimately the key to optimal health; a good nutritional foundation combined with sound emotional health are the fundamentals to what he calls ‘the optimal health zone’.

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