SHOULD YOU TAKE PROBIOTICS?

Gut bacteria - Alex Nabaum

I don’t know a lot about the subject, and have not taken probiotics. The idea is that with our changed diets, we accumulate “bad” bacteria in out guts, which makes us absorb more calories, want to eat more, become pre-diabetic, and cause inflammation. Probiotics supposedly repopulate the gut with “good” bacteria, which undo these processes. One way or another, our bowels are filled with bacteria – this is the natural state.

Some studies suggest that weight loss itself produces a beneficial change in gut bacteria. As a “TMI” aside, my high-plant-based (but not vegetarian) diet has me “siitng down” 3-4/day. Regularity is a blessing!

Want to read more about this? Click to read an article in the LA Times.

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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