Do You Have the Guts for a Healthy Body Weight?

You may be shocked to learn that approximately half of your bodyís cells are actually bacteria and that an additional 100 trillion bacteria inhabit various parts of your body and play critical roles in your health. Donít let that scare you, however. You could not live without these microorganisms, most of which ensure a healthy flora balance in your body. The majority of these bacteria reside in the gut and play a significant role in your ability to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. The following information is adapted from my book, 60 Seconds to Slim (Rodale, 2014).

Probiotics are a group of microorganisms that play an essential role in ensuring the proper elimination of waste materials from the intestines, manufacturing important nutrients, controlling harmful bacteria and yeast populations like candida, and many other neces≠sary functions.

By eating foods high in probiotics or supplementing with these beneficial bacteria, you are helping to transform the terrain of your bowels to match that of thin people. This may not sound like a big deal, but it is. Research shows that the levels of beneficial bacteria in a personís intestines can determine whether she will be fat or thin. A study published in the journal Internal and Emergency Medicine found that simply changing the balance of intestinal flora caused blood sugar levels to stabilize, reduced the bodyís production of fat storage hormones, and caused weight to melt off.

Thatís because the beneficial bacteria play a role in controlling harmful yeasts and bacteria in your body, some of which have been linked to weight gain. Additionally, beneficial microbes such as probiotics metabolize food, extracting the nutrients your body needs, and many of these nutrients are involved in appetite control.

Probiotics play a huge role in your weight and health. Many different types of probiotics are beneficial to your weight-loss efforts, but as I found through research for my new book, The Probiotic Promise, the Lactobacillus strains seem to be particularly linked to appetite control by helping to maintain stable blood sugar levels, which translates into fewer cravings for unhealthful foods, fewer fat storage hormones, and less intense hunger.

So how can you tell if you have a healthy balance of probiotic bacteria to harmful ones in your gut? If you have excellent health and maintain a healthy weight you probably donít need to be concerned. However, if there are many common symptoms of harmful microbes being found in excess in the gut, including:

  • Acne
  • Bloating
  • Cold sores, canker sores, or herpes simplex
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Eczema or psoriasis
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Indigestion
  • Intestinal gas
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Yeast infections

In one of my next blogs Iíll discuss how to restore microbial balance in your gut. For more information, consult my books 60 Seconds to Slim and The Probiotic Promise.

Related:
6 Surprising Sources of Probiotics

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Elizabeth Brawn1 years ago

thankyou, i have a sensitive gut

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