Within your gut reside roughly 100 Trillion living bacteria and maintaining the ideal ratio of “good bacteria” (known as probiotics) to “bad bacteria” is now gaining recognition as perhaps the single most important step you can take to protect your health and further along your fat loss goals.
With specific regard to fatloss, while the ideal healthy ratio of “good” to “bad” bacteria in your gut is 9 to 1, virtually every study performed on the obese population analyzing gut bacteria found higher instances of “bad” bacteria and lower levels of “good” bacteria within these individuals. That’s a far cry from the ideal 9 to 1 ratio and you can bet it’s DEFINITELY a big reason why these folks are overweight and struggling to lose their stubborn belly flab.
That said, correcting this imbalance can have an IMMEDIATE waist-slimming effect as a recent double-blind study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that test subjects who took active measures to re-balance their gut bacteria ratio were able to reduce their abdominal fat by nearly 5 percent, while the “control” group experienced no positive changes in body fat levels at all.
So what exactly can you do to re-balance your gut bacteria ratio and begin experiencing these belly-flattening benefits for yourself?
Today’s belly-flattening tip: Eat more fermented foods, such as:
- Lassi (an Indian yogurt drink, traditionally served before dinner);
- Various pickled fermentations of cabbage sauerkraut, turnips, eggplant, cucumbers, onions, squash, and carrots;
- Kimchi (a Korean fermented vegetable dish);
- Fermented raw milk such as kefir;
- Plain, unsweetened yogurt.
All of these foods are rich in “good” bacteria, and their consumption will help to rebalance your overall gut bacteria ratio.
Just make sure to steer clear of processed yogurts that are loaded with sugars and/or artificial sweeteners which have been shown to actually damage your gut bacteria ratio instead of help it.