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Gut bacteria and weight loss

27.09.2017 - Bio-R, Therapies

A new Danish study has revealed that the proportion of some specific bacteria in the gut may be responsible for how much weight we are able to lose, and under what circumstances. consequently, the general dietary guidelines that target whole populations may be less effective than previously believed. 

There have been several recent studies investigating the role of gut bacteria in our overall health - especially in the context of metabolic disorders such as obesity. Now, new research from the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark examined how our individual gut microbiomes may shed light on whether or not - and to what extent - we are able to lose excess weight while following particular dietary guidelines.

As study co-author Prof. Arne Astrup explains, “Human intestinal bacteria have been linked to the increasing prevalence of overweight and obesity, and scientists have started to investigate whether the intestinal bacteria can play a role in the treatment of overweight."

Med. pract. Christine Fritz, Deputy Head Biomolecular Restoration and Specialist in Integrative Medicine at The Kusnacht Practice commented: A growing body of evidence from our own clients shows that if we also treat the microbiome during their stay, the outcome of the entire treatment and especially the weight loss is greatly improved.

We treat the gut by balancing its bacteria. We eradicate the problematic ones, colonise the helpful ones and balance the gut barrier with several natural supplements. This way, we support the forming of the so-called biofilm formation. If the biofilm formation is disbalanced, this could be the underlying cause of several other diseases and silent inflammations. A balanced biofilm  is necessary to efficiently absorb vitamins, trace elements, minerals, proteins, fats and carbohydrates that our entire body needs to function properly. 

If you have a balanced microbiome without pathogenetic bacteria, a physiological pH- value and enough bacteria to properly digest food and to feed the colonocytes, the requirements for sufficient weight loss are given.

The study's findings were recently published in the International Journal of Obesity.

Med. pract. Christine Fritz, Deputy Head Biomolecular Restoration and Specialist in Integrative Medicine at The Kusnacht Practice