Faster metabolism makeover—nurturing your gut bacteria

Posted by: | October 26, 2023 | Comments

Here’s how to take control of your cravings and lose weight for good by improving your gut health.

You’re not alone! Right now, you’ve got 100 trillion bacteria living in your digestive system. Most of us are familiar only with these tiny critters’ embarrassing habit of releasing smelly gas at the wrong moments, but the truth is, your gut bugs are intimately involved with your weight. There’s growing evidence that the right mix of bacteria in your intestines can help you make healthier food choices and stay slim, while the wrong mix encourages weight gain and a taste for junky processed foods.

When researchers carefully checked the types of bacteria found from the digestive systems of 154 people, they found that those who were obese had the smallest variety of gut bacteria. A lab study with mice from the same team found that having more of a type of bacteria called Firmicutes may be related to weight gain. These bugs are great at sucking more kilojoules out of food—digesting complex sugars that other bacteria can’t and converting them into simple sugars and fatty acids that get absorbed from your intestines into your bloodstream. In contrast, having more of a type of bacteria called Bacteroidetes has been associated with a slimmer physique.

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