Understanding Weight Gain
Before deciding on going on another diet, or starting some extreme workout routine, consider this…you may be overweight due to the type of bacteria living inside your gut. As crazy as this might sound, there is newer technology that can identify the culprit. It’s probably nothing you have ever imagined.
It could, in fact be related to intestinal bacteria you’re hosting that may be contributing to gaining weight.
Between people, there can be over 90 percent differences in the types of bacteria, each type with its own genomes. The bacteria we house in our bodies outnumbers our cells by 10 to 1, and weigh over 2 lbs.
How to Improve Intestinal Bacteria
The good news is that your microbes–those little things living in your gut, can be altered through diet, hygiene, medications, etc. one way or the other, or improve the situation or worsen it.
Microbes are also different from one infant to the next, as he/she inherits bacteria from the birthing canal, and those in children born by C-section are different from the latter. Furthermore, the microbes change if your mother breast-fed you or opted for formula. But it doesn’t end there! Whatever you put in your mouth thereafter will have a direct effect on your gut microbes.
How Bad Gut Bacteria Leads to Disease
In addition to contributing to your weight gain, gut bacteria is affecting your overall health as well, and it does so in more ways than you think, as it has been linked to a variety of chronic and acute diseases.
Your gut is an entire ecosystem that’s truly complex and everything you do and don’t do will affect that ecosystem, from the lifestyle you lead to the foods you eat, antibiotics, smoking, etc.
How Gut Bacteria Affects You
In diabetics, it was found that their bacterial populations were different from those that were non-diabetic. It was a Denmark study that made these findings, and they concluded that type 2 diabetes in humans was associated with the gut bacterium compositional changes.
During infancy, absence of gut bacteria changed pathways relating to memory, motor skills, and learning. This ultimately means that gut bacteria plays a huge role in early brain development, not to mention behavior. Known as gene expression, increasing probiotics indicates a positive influence in gene activity that also causes them to fight disease.
Gut Bacteria and Autism
Finally, the gut bacteria is being linked, in some studies, with autism. The rising numbers of autistic children born each year is alarming, so more needs to be done in this area. Normal gut flora is vital in the initial first weeks of birth, which builds the child’s immune system. Compromised abnormal gut bacteria puts those babies at risk for developing numerous disorders such as autism, ADHD, and other developmental delays.
Improving your gut flora or good bacteria is done through probiotic supplements and yogurt, as well as fermented foods prepared traditionally. Pickled foods (again made traditionally) can be made with cabbage, squash, cucumbers, carrots, and more. They’re delicious and make excellent side dishes that the entire family can enjoy, while at the same time, being a wonderful source of K2, which works side-by-side with calcium and vitamin D.
Kefir is another excellent way to accomplish this task.
By all means STAY AWAY FROM SUGAR. Sugar, especially found in processed foods is simply feeding this BAD bacteria.