Bacteria in the Gut are Shown to Reduce Obesity

New research has shown that the bacteria in our gut can be a cause of obesity. The human gut is filled with health-giving bacteria, which provide energy, nutrients and digestive aids. Research has now demonstrated that the amount and type of bacteria in your digestive tract can reduce obesity, and not just improve digestion.

A study at Washington University School of Medicine investigated the digestive tract of fat and thin people. The three dominant family groups in the human gut are Fimicutes, Bacteriodetes and Actinobacteria. Previous research has shown that a proper ratio between the Fimicutes and the Bacteriodetes is necessary in order to maintain good health. As we age, this ratio changes and might be one of the causes of adult onset obesity.

New research discovered that obese people had higher amounts of Firmicutes. Lean people had higher amounts of Bacteriodetes. When obese people were put on fat reducing diets, the ratio of bacteria in their gut changed, corresponding to the same ratio of bacteria in the guts of the lean people; that is, the amount of Bacteriodetes increased as the obese subjects lost weight.

Aids to restore proper digestive flora can include adding probiotics to the diet such as yogurt  pickles, sauerkraut, miso, and chutney. Probiotics are known to also increase immunity and help prevent colds and flu so it is important to take probiotics daily, especially during flu season.

MY CONCERNS WITH THIS ARTICLE:

How did they classify the participants as fat or thin……BMI/waist circumference/Fat %

Did they monitor the physical activity levels of either group?

ADDITIONAL INFO ON THIS AREA:

Use Probiotics to Lose Weight and Treat Illness

They discuss how research is showing that colds and flu could be caused by a lack of good bacteria in your stomach. Fortunately, there are supplements you can take to increase the amount of good bacteria and improve your health.

It’s strange to think that you can treat and even prevent illness with bacteria. When the number of good bacteria starts to decrease due to antibiotics or a poor diet your chances for illness are increased.

Probiotic supplements have been shown to have many health benefits including aiding in digestion and keeping you regular. Probiotics are not “one size fits all”. There are many different strains of probiotics each having its own specialty.

CONCERNS:

No mention of any studies, number of subjects, streams of colds or flu’s.

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