Gut Health, Weight Gain, and Cravings

Certain sentiments exist that would suggest that our stomach’s cravings are a result of the body needing more of a specific nutrient. Others would argue that the bacteria in our gut actually influences the cravings we experience, meaning that we may in fact “crave” the same types of food that we regularly eat, based on the same gut bacteria secretion methods happening at the onset of digestion.

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Gut bacteria is a complicated and sometimes confusing issue, but understanding how these systems impact the way we think, eat, and monitor weight is important not only to body composition, but our overall health and ability to fight disease. It’s complex, but fear not – “There is reason to be hopeful. There is now strong interest in utilizing both prebiotics and probiotics to alter our gut microbiome. Prebiotics are non-digestible carbohydrates that trigger the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, while probiotics are beneficial live microorganisms contained in foods and supplements.”

Our understanding of the use of prebiotics and postbiotics has grown exponentially in the last few decades, and will continue to do so as we use these tools to help combat sickness, weight gain, and food cravings. Good health starts in the gut, after all.

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