The Bacteria in Your Gut Might Make You Fat

Most people don't realize the trillions of bacteria in your gut outnumber the cells in your body by 10 to 1 or that one of the major mechanisms of disease is related to the bad bacteria growing in your intestine. Is it possible conventional medicine is wising up about the interaction between obesity and your gut?

An interesting New York Times feature tackles the emerging study of infectobesity that regards obesity -- the second most common preventable cause of death after smoking -- more like a multi-faceted disease requiring a variety of treatment measures to tame.

Along those lines, one Washington University professor likened the functioning of gut microflora in our bodies to that of an ant farm that works together like a single Borg-like intelligence to perform an array of functions we're unable to manage on our own. And one of those chores includes extracting calories from the foods we eat, meaning the microflora in your gut do play a key role in the obesity epidemic too.

For example, consuming sugary foods feed the bad bacteria that promote disease, one of many reasons I highly recommend reducing, with the plan of eliminating, sugars and grains from your diet.

One of the first suggestions I make to a new patient is to take a high-quality probiotic that promotes the good bacteria, yet it's hard to find a good one. You may find a good one with the help of an expert at your local health food store. If you don't have a resource, however, you may want to consider Rebalanced Probiotic Plus now offered in my Web store.

New York Times August 13, 2006

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