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The microbial reason for food cravings

Stop beating yourself up!!

A recent study showed that those with elevated levels of the metabolite indole had stronger function and connectivity  in areas of the brain that is associated with “hedonic eating,” or eating for pleasure rather than for hunger.

Those with higher levels of indole also were more likely to have food addiction.

While we may not understand the whole story yet…. healing the gut & optimizing microbial diversity likely plays a key role in improving behaviour when it comes to food cravings and overeating. AND potentially holds the key to what makes weight loss sustainable.

You can read more about the study here: http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/researchers-identify-link-between-gut-bacteria-and-eating-for-pleasure-as-opposed-to-hunger.

Read more about my approach to weight loss here –> http://healthandthecity.ca/weight-loss/ .

 

References

Osadchiy V, Labus JS, Gupta A, et al. Correlation of tryptophan metabolites with connectivity of extended central reward network in healthy subjects. PLoS One. 2018;13(8):e0201772. Published 2018 Aug 6. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0201772

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