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Probiotics and weight Balance

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  • How Probiotics Can Help You Lose Weight and Belly Fat
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2. Gut Bacteria May Affect Body Weight Regulation

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There are hundreds of different microorganisms in your digestive system. The majority of these are bacteria, most of which are friendly. Friendly bacteria produce several important nutrients, including vitamin K and certain B-vitamins.

They also help break down fiber that the body can't digest, turning it into beneficial short-chain fatty acids like butyrate (6). There are two main families of good bacteria in the gut: bacteroidetes andfirmicutes. Body weight seems be related to the balance of these two families of bacteria (7, 8).

Both human and animal studies have found that normal-weight people have different gut bacteria than overweight or obese people ( 9, 10, 11). In those studies, people with obesity had more firmicutes and fewer bacteroidetes, compared to normal-weight people.

There are also some animal studies showing that when the gut bacteria from obese mice are transplanted into guts of lean mice, the lean mice get fat ( 11). All of these studies suggest that gut bacteria may play a powerful role in weight regulation.

BOTTOM LINE: THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT MICROORGANISMS IN THE GUT, MOSTLY BACTERIA. SEVERAL LINES OF EVIDENCE SUGGEST THAT THESE GUT BACTERIA CAN HAVE POWERFUL EFFECTS ON BODY WEIGHT.
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