A group of French scientists has theorized that obese people have gut bacteria that upsets their metabolism. That’s right, “bad” gut bacteria may make them gain weight.
I wrote about gut bacteria in the November 2011 issue of my newsletter, Logical Health Alternatives. You have good and bad bacteria in your digestive system. And when the balance is out of whack, that’s when your health and immunity are affected. Inflammation in the gut can cause chronic inflammatory problems like colitis. This group of researchers says this imbalance may also contribute to weight gain.
Their paper was presented recently at the Experimental Biology conference sponsored by the American Society for Nutrition. It’s based on a rat study–which is always considered preliminary. But honestly, it makes sense to me. Based on all the research I’ve done on gut bacteria over the past two decades.
Your gut bacteria is a critical piece of the obesity puzzle. When you get it into balance, you will lose weight. You can do that with prebiotics and probiotics.
Prebiotics stimulate the production of probiotics. Probiotics are the “friendly” bacteria. Most notably, lactobacillus and bifidobacteria. Probiotic bacteria are found in foods like yogurt, tempeh, and miso–but never in sufficient quantities to correct this bacteria imbalance.
Therefore, I advise my patients to take a high-quality probiotic supplement. It might be just the boost your weight-loss efforts require.