Gut Bacteria May Influence Weight Gain or Loss
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