Let’s get the unfortunate news out of the way first, yes diverse gut bacteria can help with weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight. No there isn’t a magic supplement to transform gut bacteria into weight loss magicians.

Our digestive tract is full of helpful bacteria, trillions of them, these bacteria have many jobs. They help to create certain vitamins, help fight off harmful pathogens, communicate with the rest of the body to let us know when we are full, and help us digest our foods. (Ruairi Robertson, PhD, 2018, Feb 13) Diverse gut bacteria is the key. Bacteria also play an important role in inflammation, bacteria present in the intestines of individuals who eat excess amounts of sugar, animal fats, and not enough plant-based fiber increase the amount of inflammation in the blood. Diets rich in sugar, animal fats, and not enough vegetables have been strongly linked to poor bacterial diversity and overall poor health.

Eat more of the following foods to improve your gut bacteria and your overall health:

  • Omega 3s like nuts and seeds.
  • Fruits and vegetables of every color are key to healthy gut bacteria. The Dietary fiber helps with all aspects of digestion, and different colors of produce help different types of bacteria allowing for the greatest biodiversity.
  • Unrefined whole grains
  • Foods that are jam packed with antioxidants, extra dark chocolate, blueberries, and green tea are a few examples.
  • Fermented foods are full of healthy bacteria, low sugar yogurt, kefir, kimchi, and kombucha.

Avoid the bad, process sweeteners, sugar, fried foods, white flours, saturated fats and anything overly processed.

Making sure to care for our gut bacteria will help make the steps we are already making for a healthier lifestyle even more effective.

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Healthline. 2020. How Your Gut Bacteria Can Influence Your Weight. [online] Available at: <https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/gut-bacteria-and-weight#section5 https://atlasbiomed.com/blog/link-between-gut-bacteria-and-weight-loss/> [Accessed 14 September 2020].

Healthline. 2020. How Your Gut Bacteria Can Influence Your Weight. [online] Available at: <https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/gut-bacteria-and-weight#section5 https://atlasbiomed.com/blog/link-between-gut-bacteria-and-weight-loss/> [Accessed 14 September 2020].


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