Okay, the title may not mean what you think it means.
This is a blog about smoking and the health of your gut or, how smoking messes with your digestion and metabolism and why some people gain weight after stopping the tobacco habit.
Researchers found that when a person stops smoking, the diversity of bacterial strains in their gut shifts, resembling the gut flora found in obese people.
That post-tobacco weight gain has a lot to do with how smoking impacts your gut health. The wrong internal mix can set the stage for obesity and other health issues later in life.
Scientists have also found that the bacteria in your gut produce neurotransmitters that regulate your mood including serotonin and dopamine. This means taking actions to heal your intestinal flora before you stop smoking will help you avoid weight gain and cravings.
The bottom line… the wellness of both your body and your brain depend on your gut health.