Thursday, 26 June 2014

Gut bacteria imbalance linked to weight problems


Your gut bacteria are part of your immune system, and studies are discovering that bacteria play vital roles in many areas of your health, including your weight.

Researchers have uncovered a difference in gut bacteria between the overweight and those of normal weight. A strain of beneficial bacteria called Lactobacillus rhamnosus also appears beneficial for weight loss in women.

Research suggests there’s a positive-feedback loop between the foods you crave and the make up of the bacteria in your gut that depend on those nutrients for their survival.

Bacterial imbalance in your gut can be worsened by processed and pasteurized foods. Sugar also promotes the increase of disease-causing yeasts and fungi in your gut.

A diet that is healthy for your gut is one that is rich in whole, unprocessed, unsweetened foods, along with traditionally fermented or cultured foods.


Dominick Hussey
 

Osteopath and Functional Medicine Practitioner

Osteopathy

Ottawa Holistic Wellness

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