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Gut Bacteria a Key to Health

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  • Researchers found that people on a 26-week diet with a high gut ratio of certain microbes lost an average of 10.9 pounds of body fat, which was 3.5 more pounds than the study’s placebo group
  • Another study examined the potential of probiotics to prevent and treat colorectal cancer associated with inflammatory bowel disease
  • Mice were treated with chemicals to stimulate inflammation, and where probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri was administered, tumors were much smaller and fewer in number
  • The 100 trillion microbes in your body affect your overall health, and wise lifestyle choices go a long way toward preserving optimal gut health

By Dr. Mercola

If you've been trying to lose weight and making serious diet cuts in all the right places for weight loss, not just maintenance, but still not making progress, there may be something at play that is effectively blocking your success. According to new research, the problem might not be what's already there, but what's missing — specifically the right gut microbiota. Research at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, found that the ratio between two types of gut microbes, Prevotella and Bacteroides, evidenced this premise.

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