Do I Need Bariatric Probiotics?
If you’ve recently had bariatric surgery and you’re wondering if you need supplemental probiotics, the answer is most likely “yes!” Everyone needs these healthy, life-sustaining bacteria to survive. They live in your digestive system and aid in gut and bowel health and regularity, strong immunity, vitamin production (especially vitamin K), carbohydrate fermentation, absorption of nutrients, and much more.
You naturally produce billions of these good microorganisms; however, they are often in short supply due to an unhealthy diet, inability to eat certain foods, antibiotic use, trauma and stress, and general oxidative damage from the environment. Weight loss surgery also has a detrimental effect on maintaining healthy probiotic levels, which may cause detrimental health issues.
What Are Probiotics?
Probiotics are live “friendly” microorganisms (bacteria and yeast) that live in your gut. They help your body and digestive system function properly on many levels. In fact – you couldn’t live without them! Friendly probiotics help your system maintain a healthy balance between good and bad bacteria.
They help ward off an overgrowth of bad bacteria and yeast and keep them from causing illness, malabsorption, yeast and fungal infections, digestive distress, food intolerances, skin rashes, dental problems, and more ill health.
What Are Prebiotics?
You may have also heard of “prebiotics.” Prebiotics are food for the probiotics and can be found in soluble-fiber foods with inulin such as bananas, onions, garlic, leeks, asparagus, artichokes, soybeans, some whole grains, and apple cider vinegar. Increasingly, the scientific community is seeing the correlation and need for these to be present to help probiotics flourish.
Benefits of Probiotics
Research proves that a healthy balance of probiotics can assist with the following health conditions, many of which can be lifelong issues for weight loss surgery patients.
- Digestive disorders and indigestion
- Lactose and dairy intolerance
- Inability to absorb nutrients
- Chronic or infectious diarrhea
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Crohn’s disease
- Allergic disorders
- Autoimmune disorders
- Skin conditions (eczema)
- Tooth decay and oral health problems
- Infant Colic
- Liver disease (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis or NASH)
- Common seasonal colds
- Urinary tract infections
- Vaginal and yeast infections
- Potential prevention of colon cancer
Probiotic Food & Supplement Sources
Probiotics naturally occur in a few “fermented” foods like kombucha, kimchi, tempeh, miso, and sauerkraut, as well as some fermented soft cheeses like gouda; yogurt, and kefir. Most people find it impossible to eat enough probiotic-rich food – that’s the benefit of consuming them in dietary supplement form.
The most common strains of bacteria are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. Lactobacillus (L. ___) is found in yogurt and other fermented foods and may help with diarrhea and lactose intolerance (digestion of milk sugar). Bifidobacterium (B.____) commonly occurs in dairy products and may help with bowel distress and IBS. They both also assist with many other important physiological functions.
Here is a list of some of the more common, important strains (there are over 500 in total) to look for in your supplement.
- L. acidophilus – helps maintain balance of intestinal flora, support healthy immunity
- B. lactis Bi/Bifidobacterium – supports immunity, improve digestion
- B. longum – regulates gut health, help prevent infections, produce vitamins
- B. fermentum – has many promising health benefits in addition to intestinal health, including boosting the immune response, improving liver health and lowering cholesterol levels
- L. rhamnosus – supports healthy immunity, intestinal health, oral health, may prevent UTIs and cavities
Depending on the type of probiotic you and your doctor decide would be best for you, probiotics with a minimum of 5-billion colony forming units (CFUs) per dose appear to be the most effective. For best results, take with meals (unless otherwise stated on label).
The Added Importance of Probiotics After Weight-Loss Surgery
All weight loss surgeries alter your digestive and GI system in one way or another. Gastric bypass and DS surgeries bypass the majority of the small intestine, which is where most of your probiotics live and function. It is extremely challenging to maintain probiotic balance post-surgery. Taking a quality probiotic supplement can provide positive results.
In a study from Stanford University School of Medicine, researchers found that bariatric surgery patients who took a probiotic after gastric bypass surgery tended to lose more weight than those who did not and had higher B12 serum levels, which is significant because gastric bypass patients typically have a B12 deficiency.
- The probiotics study group had a 47.6% weight loss, while the control group (with no probiotics) had a 38.5% weight loss.
- Those taking probiotics had a statistically significant reduction in bacterial overgrowth compared to the control group.
- The group taking probiotics had a higher level of vitamin B12 than the control group.
- Probiotics may also decrease the incidence of “pouchitis”, a common intestinal inflammation after some bariatric surgeries.
“The number and type of intestinal bacteria are regulated by both intestinal motility and gastric acid secretion, which are both altered with the RNY Gastric Bypass. Bacterial overgrowth can lead to vitamin deficiencies, fat malabsorption, and in some cases malnutrition.”
The Only Bariatric Multivitamin with Probiotics
ProCare Health has created the only bariatric-specific multivitamin with probiotics and prebiotics built in, and is a twice daily capsule.Our goal is to help you eliminate the inconvenience and unpleasantness of taking handfuls of vitamins and supplements several times a day.
Formulated using the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) guidelines for maximum absorption, our multivitamin with probiotics is shelf-stable and requires no refrigeration. You get your full dose of daily vitamins and minerals and a gut-healthy blend of 15 billion CFUs in only two capsules.
Calcium, Vitamin D & Probiotics in Luscious Caramel
ProCare also offers the essential mineral, calcium with vitamin D, with a dose of probiotics in a delicious Sea Salted Caramel Chew! Our Caramel Calcium Chew is specially formulated for bariatric patients and delivers calcium in a non-gritty way. Each chew provides 500 mg TruCal® calcium, 500 IU of vitamin D3 to support calcium absorption, and 500 million CFU’s of probiotics to help with digestion. There are no artificial sweeteners or sugar alcohols, so you can feel confident you are maintaining your optimum calcium levels to support your healthy, active lifestyle.
Quality Assurance & Tested Guarantee
To maintain the highest quality standards, our supplements are produced in the USA, lab tested and reviewed through actual weight-loss patient blood panels to ensure the supplements are performing as intended. We also have a third party test every lot for quality and post the test results for everyone to see. We are the only company that provides this level of transparency for you, our valued customer.
The ProCare Health team is excited to be part of your weight-loss and health journey and looks forward to helping you get the nutrients needed for a healthy life. We have easy online ordering or feel free to contact us today if you have questions or would like to place an order. 877-822-5808