We’ve only recently begun to understand the extent of the gut flora’s role in human health and disease, however the known positive effects of a healthy gut flora are becoming more promising as scientific research is unfolding. By encouraging the growth of friendly bacteria, probiotics have long been promoted as the answer to healing an unhealthy gut; aiding digestion, immunity, energy and digestive disorders – and now helping you lose weight?
Widely described by many industry practitioners to be at the very heart of our overall health and wellness – our guts are one of the most integral yet complex structures of the body. Whilst primarily responsible for breaking down food and absorbing nutrients, the gut is also home to 70-80% of our immune system – thus an unhealthy, imbalanced gut has be linked to many chronic and uncomfortable symptoms such as depression, fatigue, hormone imbalances, allergies.
But medical professionals are now going as far as saying probiotics have more effect on your weight loss than cutting your carbohydrate and fat content. http://www.health.com/health/article/0,,20859953,00.html
Chris Kesser, licensed acupuncturist and practitioner of integrative medicine, says
the human gut contains over 10 times more bacteria than the entire human body – The composition of the organisms living in your gut determines – to some extent, at least – how your body stores the food you eat, how easy (or hard) it is for you to lose weight, and how well your metabolism functions
Raphael Kellman, MD and author of “the microbiome diet” furthers this by saying “if you get the collection of bacteria inside you – healthy, you will lose weight” taking the view that we shouldn’t be focusing on the amount of calories we are eating and what the breakdown of fats and carbs looks like when we are looking to lose weight – but correcting the growth of unhealthy bacteria that is making you crave unhealthy foods and putting us in to a state of inflammation.
A flurry of findings from recent studies have found direct links between the shape of your gut and well, your shape. According to a study published in science magazine http://science.sciencemag.org/content/328/5975/228.abstract the health of the gutflora showed direct links to obesity and diabetes with probitoics playing an essential role due to effects on our metabolism and appetite. A further study published by bioessay showed that participants who took probiotics were less affected by food cravings. The bacteria in our gut flora send chemical messages to our brain that affect our mood an appetite making us crave certain foods ( the ones that feed the bad bacteria, helping them grow even more – yes doughnuts and chocolate ).