Probiotics! Is Your Gut Bacteria Making You Fat?

By Dr. Patrick Giammarise, DC, IHS

We all know that bacteria can make us sick but did you know that bacteria might also make us fat? Researchers have discovered that thin people have different bacteria in their guts than overweight people. How could that be possible?

Scientists theorized two factors could be responsible. First, increased use of antibiotics may be eliminating the bacteria that help people regulate appetite and metabolism.

Studies also reveal that bacteria appear to exhibit communications between each other and our genes, which may be affecting our hormones that regulate our appetite and moods.

What is not clear is which is the chicken and which is the egg. Is it the bacteria that makes us overweigh or is it that our weight gain causes changes in our bacteria?

More research needs to be conducted for us to know for sure but there are some emerging facts (read more…)