Gut Bacteria and Weight Loss

Gut Bacteria May Influence Weight Gain or Loss

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There has been a lot of  studies published that are discovering a relationship between gut bacteria and weight loss. Scientists at Washington University in St. Louis found that lean and obese people had a very different makeup of gut microflora. And the microflora in obese people changed and more closely resembled their lean counterparts when they lost weight.

In more recent years, scientists discovered the same phenomena in obese people after gastric bypass surgery— their gut microflora changed considerably. Yet these studies couldn’t identify which came first— does weight loss change gut microflora or, does gut microflora impact a person’s weight and ability to lose weight? 

Knowing obese and lean humans have a considerably different makeup of gut microflora, the scientists took four pairs of twins to rule out any differences in childhood environment and diet that could influence their microbial makeup. Each one had an obese sibling and one lean sibling, and researchers transferred their gut bacteria into the intestines of germ-free mice. The mice that received the bacteria from the obese humans gained more weight and fat than the group that received bacteria from the lean humans, despite no significant differences in food intake between the groups, which suggests that bacteria independently influence weight.

Next they put the obese and lean mice in the same cage and took advantage of a rather disgusting aspect of rodent life— mice eat each other’s feces and therefore share microbes. After dining on their lean counterpart’s poop, bacteria from the guts of the lean mice, specific Bacteroidetes strains, took up residence in previously empty areas in the guts of obese mice, their metabolism improved and they lost weight. Yet the reverse situation didn’t occur: lean mice remained lean. So, in addition to discovering that bacteria from obese humans led to weight gain in previously germ-free mice, they also discovered that transferring bacteria from lean rodents to obese rodents facilitated weight loss.

Now I am not a fan of testing theories on mice and suggesting humans react as mice, but I think we can all agree that there is food that helps promote good gut bacteria, and food the helps generate bad gut bacteria. 

Quite frankly, if you put garbage in – you get a garbage gut that could cause you various health issues including obesity. The chore is eating enough of the good fermented or fibrous foods to help keep things moving as they should in your digestive system.

 

Below are some tips on foods to eat and or drink, along with a supplement if needed.

1. Eat More Greens, particularly green cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and kale. These are all high in phytonutrients and antioxidants, including sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol

2. Drink More Water and Tea, I like mine with Real squeezed Lemons!

3. Eat More Fibrous Foods, Fiber is a key nutrient when it comes to health, as it helps clean the gut of toxins and enables the absorption of important essential nutrients.

4. Eat More Fermented Foods, Fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi (made from cabbage), tempeh (made from fermented soybeans), miso and kombucha tea are high in probiotics.

5. Probiotic Supplement
Again, if you can’t seem to work enough of these foods into your diet, Supplement with the same probiotic supplement I use personally, PROX-10 . 

Enjoy a Healthy Gut with No “Belly Bugs” – Coach Tim

Probiotic Helps Prevents Bloating

Probiotic Prevents Bloating from Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) — Acid-blocking PPI drugs, such as Prilosec (omeprazole) and Protonix (pantoprazole) may cause people to experience bloating and other unpleasant bowel symptoms, possibly due to overgrowth of bacteria in the intestine. A recent study suggests that taking a probiotic may help prevent these symptoms from occurring. (ConsumerLab 2015).

Don't take antacids

It is just common knowledge that your digestion relies on stomach acid, so why take an antacid? You need to take care of your Gut (Belly Bacteria), and regularly digest quality probiotics!

It is important that you first select a probiotic that provides the specific bacteria or yeast shown to help with your condition, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), other abdominal pain, vaginal infection, H. pyloriinfection, forms of diarrhea, cold and flu, and even high cholesterol and anxiety.

 

Most important, you need to know the proper probiotic dosage. The amount of cells provided by probiotic products really varies from one manufacturer to the next. They can vary by more than 900,000%, from just a few million per daily serving, to as much as 900 billion!
 
You also need to know if the product actually contains its listed amount of viable (living) probiotic organisms. Not all probiotics are created equal!

Yes I am an advocate for what works, and for Products that I Personally Use.
Still my favorite choice for Daily Probiotic is Prox-10 
 – Coach Tim

Belly Bugs and Prebiotics

 Belly Bugs and Prebiotics
Belly Bugs in the Gut

Most probiotic supplements are a complete waste of time and money and carry no benefit.  That’s why it’s important to choose a probiotic supplement that uses patented Micro-encapsulation Technology to protect each fragile probiotic cell as it’s delivered to your gut. In addition to consuming more probiotics, you’ll also want to be sure to consume more PRE-biotics on a daily basis to feed the healthy bacteria in your gut.

What are prebiotics?

As alluded above, prebiotics are a specific type of non-digestible fiber that stimulates the growth of the healthy probiotic bacteria in your gut.  By ensuring you are consuming ample probiotics and prebiotics daily, you can rebalance your gut bacteria and KEEP it balanced by feeding those healthy scavengers in your gastrointestinal tract that do so much for your health.

The most common prebiotic found in nature is a compound called inulin, and it’s found in modest amounts in these 8 foods:

Artichokes
Onions
Leeks
Garlic
Banana
Barley
Chicory Root

Still, getting enough prebiotics through the above foods alone can be difficult and would require you to consume large amounts of these foods daily.  For example, you’d have to consume 1.3 lbs of bananas or quarter pound of cooked onions daily to get 6g of prebiotic inulin.  The raw versions of the above foods contain slightly more inulin per ounce, but probably like you, we’re not people who eat raw onion or chicory root on a daily basis (We’ll share a nifty salsa recipe that you can enjoy from time to time in a minute that actually contains a good amount of these raw foods and a healthy dose of prebiotic fiber).

That said, because inulin is naturally sweet, coupled with its powerful prebiotic properties, it also makes a great addition to healthy food products.

As always you can try my Digestive Solution risk free and keep the bonuses as my gift.

- To your health! Coach Tim