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How Gut Bacteria Affects Your Weight, and Why CAFO Meats Promote Antibiotic-Resistant Disease

Healthy Gut

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  • New research suggests that as much as 20 percent of the substantial weight loss achieved from gastric bypass (weight loss surgery), is actually due to shifts in the balance of bacteria in your digestive tract
  • Previous research has found that daily intake of a specific form of lactic acid bacteria can help prevent obesity and reduce low-level inflammation. Gut bacteria have also been shown to impact weight in human babies, and may help mothers lose weight when taken from the first trimester through breastfeeding
  • Antibiotics are routinely fed to livestock not only to fight infection, but to promote weight gain. This can have a significant and long-term impact on your gut flora and overall health. It also drives the rise in antibiotic-resistant disease
  • Making cultured and fermented foods a regular part of your diet is an ideal strategy to optimize your body's good bacteria

By Dr. Mercola

Recent studies have repeatedly demonstrated that the makeup of your intestinal flora can have an impact on your weight, and your propensity to gain or lose weight.

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