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Antibiotics: This Commonly Used Drug Found to Promote Obesity

Antibiotics: This Commonly Used Drug Found to Promote Obesity

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  • Antibiotics may <i>permanently</i> alter your gut bacteria and interfere with important hunger hormones secreted by your stomach, leading to increased appetite and body fat
  • Antibiotics may lead to increases in ghrelin, the hunger hormone, and leptin, which controls the way your body stores fat
  • Mice fed antibiotics (in dosages similar to those given to children for throat or ear infections) had significant increases in body fat despite their diets remaining unchanged
  • Optimizing the makeup of bacteria in your gut, by eating fermented foods or taking a high-quality probiotic, and avoiding antibiotics (for both medical reasons and in your food) may help you maintain a healthy weight

By Dr. Mercola

You may be aware, and possibly have experienced firsthand, that antibiotics can cause diarrhea.


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