Lets touch briefly on the weight gain and obesity consequences of inadequate probiotic levels, virtually every study performed on the obese population analysing gut bacteria found higher instances of “bad” bacteria and lower levels of “good” bacteria within these individuals.
You see, the ideal healthy ratio of “good” to “bad” bacteria is 85% to 15%, or 9 to 1.
Unfortunately, due to lifestyle and environmental factors, the vast majority of the population is severely lacking when it comes to good probiotic bacteria, throwing their gut flora ratio completely out of whack.
These lifestyle and environmental factors include, but are not limited to, exposure to:
– Artificial sweeteners of any kind – found in “diet” beverages and food items, chewing gum, yogurt, and even toothpaste
– Processed foods
– Chlorinated water
– Alcoholic beverages (beer, liquor,wine)
– Agricultural chemicals and pesticides
– Antibiotics (from medications and/or antibiotics found in meat and dairy products that we ingest)
As you can see, these are things that most people are exposed to very regularly, if not every single day, making it almost certain that your gut flora balance is suffering, and will continue to suffer, unless you do something to pro-actively correct this imbalance on a daily basis.