How Do Different Bacteria Families Affect Our Metabolism?
How much you weigh is linked to the composition of your gut bacteria. The mix in our gut is highly individualized. Scientists have not been able to define the exact list of bacteria needed for a good gut, but we do know that diversity, balance, and certain families of bacteria indicate an optimal microbiome. So, if no two microbiomes are the same, how can we help support those lean-loving, good bacteria?
Most good bacteria share a common attribute in that they prefer to eat prebiotics and complex carbohydrates. Conversely, the “naughty” bacteria are more inclined to eat simple sugars. The crazy part is that your gut bacteria have been shown to produce nearly 300 different kinds of neurotransmitters, the same ones as found in your brain.
Additionally, one of the important parts of gut structure is the vagus nerve -- literally a superhighway that travels directly to the brain. When we eat lots of refined foods and sugar, the treat-loving naughty bacteria can make and send their own neurotransmitters to our brain.
That’s why sugar can feel like an addiction: The sugar-loving bacteria are high-jacking our brain chemistry by sending their own messages that scream “FEED ME.” The more you feed them, the louder they get. The trick is to feed the good and starve the bad, but feeling rotten for the first few days or even weeks after giving up sugar is not your imagination.
So many people give up on their good intentions to eat healthy after just a few days. But if they could just hold out for 7 to 10 days, they could start to reclaim control of the messages sent to their brain.
What do we know about the families of bacteria that play a role in our metabolism?
New research shows that people with more gut bacteria from the Bacteroidetes family and fewer from the Firmicutes family tend to be slimmer on average than folks with the reverse ratio.
(Mice on the same diet but with different ratios of Firmicutes/Bacteroidetes)
The family of Firmicutes-type bacteria can extract up to 30% more calories from the same gram of food. Here, being more efficient is not a good thing.
These extra calories are often stored as fat. This helps to explain why your sister or friend eats the exact same thing as you, but gains much less weight.
Previlli contains PreticX™ -- an innovative prebiotic fiber that shifts the balance of gut bacteria to favor those found in leaner individuals, so you store fewer of your calories as fat.* Strong clinical publications support this non-GMO prebiotic, which has a lower effective dose than most fibers.
(That means much fewer side effects when compared to high-dose fibers.)
PreticX™ is a special, non-digestible xylooligosaccharide produced by a patented process.
Researchers from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) conducted a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study proving that daily doses as low as 1 gram of PreticX™ significantly modified gut microbiota, helping to grow more species of good gut bacteria and reduce bad bacteria in both healthy people and overweight individuals with unhealthy blood glucose levels.
Published in the Frontiers of Physiology journal, this study specifically showed an increase in the Firmicutes-to-Bacteroidetes ratio that has been linked to individuals with an overweight body mass index.
Previlli can help you reach your gut health and metabolic goals with a proprietary, patent-pending blend of prebiotics and superfood polyphenols.
A veritable feast for your good gut bacteria, Previlli also includes other important building blocks for maintaining the home they live in -- your ever-important gut.
PreticX™ is a trademark of AIDP, Inc.