The Smell Of Gut Bugs

Intestinal flora methane imbalance and obesityPeople with elevated levels of hydrogen and methane on their breath tend to be more overweight than others according to new research.  The culprit is M.smithil and points to a connection between obesity and gut bugs.

Researchers tested 792 people and discovered that those with lots of methane and hydrogen had a higher body mass index (BMI) and a higher proportion of body fat.

Results seems to support the hypothesis that M.smithil, a leading intestinal methane producer absent in some people and elevated in others, enables cohabiting digestive microorganisms to operate more efficiently, boosting calorie availability to the host.

Can Enzymes Make the Meal?

That’s a question that was never asked when our food supply was more natural and unprocessed. With the explosion of  genetically modified organisms in America’s food supply, digestive disorders have risen to new heights. It’s not surprising our bodies don’t handle the digestive process as well as they once did when we have foods registered as pesticides and the evidence they escape the intestines. Can’t imagine what they’re doing to our native intestinal flora.

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