New Research Confirms the Benefits of Probiotics in Obese Children

Probiotics have been found in numerous studies to benefit overweight people in positively effecting insulin resistance, blood sugar maintenance and metabolism by changing the bacterial colonies in the gut.

A 12 week study published in March 2017 in the Journal of Pediatric Gastrointestinal Nutrition (64:413-17) found that probiotics benefited children and adolescents with nonalcohololic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).  NAFLD is prevelant in obese children and up to 80% of obese adults. 

The randomized, triple-blind study, researchers evaluated the effect of probiotics or a placebo in 64 obese children with sonographically confirmed NAFLD. The intervention group were given a daily probiotic of Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium lactis, Bifidobacterium bifidum and Lactobacillus rhamnosus.

The children given the probiotic experienced significant reductions in mean levels of alanine aminotransferase (ALT), from 32.8 to 23.1 U/L, and aspartate aminotransferase (AST), from 32.2 to 24.3 U/L. In The probiotic group, mean cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), triglycerides and waist circumference improved. Following the intervention, normal liver sonography was observed in 17 (53.1%) of children ingesting the probiotic, but only 5 (16.5%) of those receiving placebo.

What does this mean? Overweight adults and children would greatly benefit from taking a high quality probiotic in addition to regular exercise and eating a clean diet of fruits, vegetables, protein, healthy fats and water… avoiding grains, processed foods and other beverages.

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Karen Redmond received her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and a Masters Degree of Science in Health and Fitness Promotion from Marymount University. She has been working in the health and fitness field for 20 years. She is a Master CHEK Practitioner and Holistic Health and Lifestyle Coach. Currently she is studying with Guy Voyer, D.O. studying Osteopathy in the Soma Training and Soma Therapy and ELDOA Programs. Karen is the owner of North Shore Smart Bodies located in Northbrook, Illinois. Specializing in corrective exercise, holistic lifestyle and nutrition coaching, she sees a wide range of clients including those with orthopedic injuries and back pain. Karen enjoys working with runners and endurance athletes of all levels and all distances. She does blood lactate threshold testing, gait analysis and a musculoskeletal evaluation on all clients. Karen then develops a customized program with myofascial stretching, ELDOAS, stability and strength training. She also works with pre/post natal clients, golfers and other athletes. Karen is a competitive runner and enjoys racing distances from 5k to half marathons.

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