We have all heard about the benefits of probiotics by now.
Now research has revealed that certain types of bacteria can extract more calories from the food you eat and add them to your waistline.
The first study was done with mice, but recently there was a study involving actual human being that showed that same thing.
Gut Flora & Obesity
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It appears that some species of bacteria in the human colon are better at extracting calories from food than others. That means you absorb more calories, rather than excreting them. Our body is trying to get rid of the calories, but the bacteria cause them to be absorbed instead.
So the type of bacteria in your gut is associated with body weight and weight gain.
We are are only talking about 2% here. Doesn’t seem like much. But when you accumulate 25 over time, year after year, it makes a sizable difference. And it all kind of happens on autopilot.
My game plan remains the same; Eat more fermented foods that contain lots of good healthy bacteria. Everyday. Studies have also shown that people who take probiotcs, have an improvement, then stop, revert back to their previous gut flora condition after about 3 days.[ad name=”teacup”]