Researchers have found that probiotics, or "good" bacteria that is found on yogurt, may help gastric bypass and lap-band patients lose more weight than they would without it. Probiotics help to balance out the "bad" bacteria in your system that cause digestive or immunity problems.
Because weight loss surgery may affect a patient's gastrointestinal track, probiotics are used to normalize digestion. A study with gastric bypass patients at the Stanford University School of Medicine showed that patients who had followed a regular three month probiotics regime of "2.4 billion colonies of Lactobacillus daily" lost 10% more of their access weight then their control group counterparts, according to drugs.com and the Weight Loss Surgery Channel.
In addition, probiotics also helped the patients in the study with their B12 deficiency, a common problem after weight loss surgery. Patients who had taken the probiotics for three months showed higher levels of B12 in their system than the control group who had taken a placebo.
Besides helping patients to lose more weight and to balance their B12 levels, researchers at the Sinai Hospital of Baltimore also recommend probiotics to their post-op weight loss surgery patients to control gas and bloating. The hospital recommends eating one cup of DanActive Light yogurt each day or taking a probiotic tablet, such as 'L-Reuteri daily', which is manufactured by Nature's Sunshine, or Cuturelle, which is all-natural and manufactured by ConAgra foods. Both of these supplements may be found online or Culturelle is available at chain retailers like Wal-Mart, Whole Foods and GNC. Sinai Hospital reports that these probiotics do not interfere with any bariatric medication. However, always check with your bariatric surgeon before taking any supplements or medicine.
Other benefits of probiotics include: helping to fight off mental fatigue, digestive regularity, colon cancer prevention, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, better immune system, and improving mineral absorption.