Could weight loss problems be in the gut? Not fat cells, but excess amounts of the wrong kind of intestinal bacteria. Compelling medical research indicates that with changes in the surface structure of intestinal cells, the normally harmless gut bacteria tend to over flourish and expand in number. This causes inflammation in the gut which leads to insulin resistance so cells do not take up glucose. Elevated levels of insulin increase apatite, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure. Many people are frustrated and think they need to exercise more and eat less and still don’t see results. If you have a history of antibiotic usage starting in childhood or in adulthood, if is very possible you may have disruptions of the good and bad bacteria in your gut that is sending the wrong messages to the rest of your body. If you have had a poor diet or stomach flu, intestinal infections or food poisoning you may also have an unhealthy bacteria balance in your intestines and colon.
So ways to lose weight would be finding out if there are ways you can avoid antibiotic usage in the future and begin to restore good bacteria in your gut with strong probiotics. If you have to take an antibiotic for a serious infection, you can take the probiotic several hours away from the antibiotic i.e. just not at the same time. Restoring the good bacteria takes much longer than the 5-10 day course of your last antibiotic, it can take as long as 6-12 months. This is a hidden cause of weight loss problems that we address in our therapeutic lifestyle program. Since there are so many types of probiotics sold we recommend pharmaceutical grade probiotics from a trusted company. A fresh whole food diet, organic if possible, can be very helpful in growing the right kind of bacteria. Ways to lose weight really do start in the gut.