You may find it hard to believe, but the number of microbes (beneficial bacteria) in our intestinal tract greatly outnumbers the cells in our body. These beneficial bacteria are responsible for or related to many things. Some of the things that these bacteria help with are insulin control, energy harvesting, regulating of fat storage, inflammation, and satiety. It goes without saying, then, that having an imbalance of these bacteria could potentially have an effect on our weight.
So, you may be wondering, what can potentially change the levels of bacteria in our gut? Well, one of the things that is well known for causing changes in the number of beneficial bacteria in our gut is antibiotics. Antibiotics, although necessary at times, kill the some of the good bacteria in our guts in addition to the harmful bacteria that they are intended to take care of. That’s why it is important to take a good quality probiotic supplement, especially when it is necessary to take an antibiotic.
The effect that antibiotics have on gut bacteria is something that has been studied extensively in the medical community. That is not new news. Here’s something that is, though. Suzanne Snedeker and Anthony Hay, from Cornell, recently published an online paper that discussed the possibility that environmental chemicals/pollutants might have a detrimental effect on gut bacteria.
According to their research, mice that were exposed to a chemical called tributyltin (found in some marine paints, wallpaper, textiles, and floor coverings) gained more weight and had higher levels of insulin in the blood. Other research has found that the insecticide DDT, dioxin, and PCBs (found in plastics) have been associated with increasing risk for type II diabetes.
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