A study published on September 5th 2013, suggests that a person’s intestinal flora determines a person’s body shape and metabolism rate. Wow! And all along I thought a pear shape and a slow metabolism was from my mom’s side of the family. In this particular study “…four sets of identical female twins in which one twin was lean and the other obese…” provided stool samples to collect…” bacteria, viruses and protozoans” which were transplanted into a large group of mice.
“Almost immediately, the mix of living organisms inside a mouse’s digestive tract began to resemble the one inside its human donor. Soon the mice came to resemble more and more the women whose gut microbiomes they had adopted. Despite eating about the same amount of the same low-fat chow, mice that got transplants from an obese twin began to gain weight and lay down fat deposits. The mice that got transplants from a lean twin remained lean.”
This may explain why one of your co-workers can eat and eat and never gain a pound, while you eat half as much as she does and still cannot reduce that belly bulge. She may have the right combination of gut bacteria to keep her lean. Your friend that only washes her hair once a week may be right, some bacteria is good. While the scientists frantically figure out which bacteria holds the golden ticket, you can buy organic low sugar yogurt, Kafir, miso, pickles, and/or kombucha tea. Also try the probiotics on the shelves at vitamin and grocery stores. It may or may not get you to flat abs, but it’s worth a try!
If all that wasn’t explained well enough, I can simplify it. How well you digest your food and the length of time it takes you to digest it all depends on the bacteria and other fluids in your stomach. We commonly say that the stomach acid digests the food when actually it’s a combination of stomach acids and bacteria that stays in the stomach. These fluids break down the foods and all the good stuff to be absorbed into the blood stream. This is where the liver comes in. The liver will take the liquids that the stomach wants you to keep and use in your blood stream and process it and send it to the blood stream to give you energy. The balance of material from the stomach will go to the small intestines. The small intestines will also process food using acids and bacteria. If you’re not processing food fast enough, because you lack the proper balance of acid and bacteria than the body could be storing too much of your food and the only way to store food is to change it into fat. For example, if I eat a simple meal that doesn’t contain any foods that are hard to digest, like red meat, I should digest it in about 2 hours. If my stomach is taking too long to digest the meal because the stomach acids are out of balance or the bacteria is insufficient then after 4 hours you might still be digesting food. So if you eat again the food not digested will be stored as fat and the stomach will start work on the new meal. Probiotics will fix the imbalance in your stomach and help you digest food quicker. I believe that as you get older you will digest food slower, that just part of aging. This is a good reason for eating less. As we age we should be eating smarter. Eating foods that give us all our nutrition but in a quantity your digestive system can handle.
On a personal note, My wife uses probiotics to correct a digestive problem and as a bonus she lost 16 pounds the first year and she only weighed 130 pounds.