Of course, we all know Pre and Probiotic(s) have massive health benefits and moreover, obesity is closely associated with fiber and probiotic(s).
The Diet-Bacteria-Weight Connection
Not only processed foods but also foods that have been pasteurized or sterilized can cause a Bacterial imbalance in your gut. Other factors affecting your gut flora include
- firstly, where do you live
- secondly, your age
- thirdly, your stress level
- and lastly any health issues you may have.
Like processed foods, sugar also promotes the growth of disease-causing yeasts and fungi.
Symptoms of a yeast (candida) overgrowth include:
- problems concentrating
- muscle weakness
- recurrent vaginal and urinary tract infections
- athlete’s foot
- jock itch
- persistent heartburn
- swollen joints
- nasal congestion
- and sore throat.1
In case you don’t have reason enough yet to re-evaluate your sugar and fructose intake, here’s another twist in the sugar-obesity connection: researchers have discovered a difference in gut bacteria between the overweight and those of normal weight.2
Certain bacteria appear to be much better than others at burning calories from complex sugars into fat. Those who are overweight begin to slim down. Almost 20 percent of the substantial weight loss achieved from gastric bypass (weight loss surgery) is actually due to shifts in the balance of bacteria in your digestive tract.3
Bacteria Can Affect Your Food Cravings and Weight Loss Success
According to a recent study, a strain of friendly bacteria called Lactobacillus rhamnosus is quite helpful for weight loss in women.4 As reported in the featured article:
“The controlled clinical trial was set up so that the first 12 weeks women were guided to eat less food and some were additionally given the Lactobacillus rhamnosus. After 12 weeks the amount of weight loss was greater in the group receiving the friendly flora supplement.
Over the next 12 weeks the dietary restrictions were lifted, and the friendly flora was continued. Those women not taking Lactobacillus rhamnosus now gained weight, whereas the friendly flora group continued to lose weight. The weight loss benefit was linked to measurements of the bacterial profile of the digestive tract. This study is the latest to show that the balance of power in the digestive tract is a metabolic variable of high importance and nothing to ignore as part of a long-term successful weight loss plan.”
As it relates to weight management, one hypothesis states that your gut bacteria may be in control of your appetite. Again recent research5 suggests there’s a positive-feedback loop between the foods you crave and the composition of the microbiota in your gut that depend on those nutrients for their survival.
As a matter of fact, a breath test of the gases given off by your gut bacteria might actually be able to predict your likelihood of becoming obese.
In addition, people with high levels of hydrogen and methane in their breath have a higher body-mass index (BMI) and body fat.10
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