3 Gut Health Habits That Can Help You Control Your Weight


By Karen Asp for O Magazine

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Most of your gut microbiome, or your intestinal flora, is dominated by two classes of bacteria—firmicutes and bacteroidetes—and research has shown that obese people typically have a significantly higher ratio of the former to the latter. This makes sense, considering how the two types of bacteria function: Firmicutes are excellent at converting food to energy and promoting the storage of fat in the body, says William DePaolo, PhD, an associate professor of medicine and director of the Center for Microbiome Sciences & Therapeutics at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle.

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