The ‘tip of the iceberg’ to get you thinking…….
In the September’s blog, I talked about weight loss and inflammation and the ‘bug’ population in the ‘gut’ is all part of this amazing story.
How does the Health of the ‘Gut’ Influence Weight ?
The obesity epidemic is headline news most weeks and national statistics state 2 out of 3 adults are now obese or overweight and statistics for children and young adults are reaching similar proportions, but there’s good news.
Recent scientific research has identified links between the type of microbes in the ‘gut’ and the effect these have on inflammation and obesity and most importantly that this gut microbial population is largely influenced by the type of food you eat.
The 2 largest groups of bacteria in the ‘gut’ are Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes, and these make up about 90% of a powerful microbial population. A report in the Telegraph in May this year reports on studies at Kings College London where the research has shown how the food we eat changes the microbes in our gut; junk/processed food equals bugs that encourage weight gain http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/11595559/Junk-food-kills-bacteria-that-protect-against-obesity-heart-disease-and-cancer-study-finds.html
More About These Powerful Bacteria
Firmicutes bacteria are especially good at encouraging the increase in calorie absorption and a dominance of these is found in overweight and obese people, whereas a dominance of Bacteriodetes are more prevalent in leaner people. A typical 21st century Western diet of highly processed foods, especially fats and sugars, encourages the dominance of Firmicutes. Recent research following African tribes that consume a largely wholefood and natural, plant based diet showed their ‘gut’ bacteria had a dominance of the Bacteriodetes whereas the Western European eating a typical 21st century Western diet, showed a dominance of the Firmicutes bacteria. Multiple studies have shown that Firmicutes strongly influence genes that adversely affect metabolism, making bodies think they need to retain calories; they influence the energy harvest in the gut and how the immune system and inflammation is managed in the body.
What You Can Do….
Again for health and for healthy weight management a ‘REAL FOOD’ diet is required with lots of wholesome, fresh, plant based material and a low GL (Glycaemic load) approach to eating. A nutritionist can help you identify a healthy low GL diet that will help you lose weight, while increasing energy, stamina, health and the prevention of many degenerative diseases.
Stabilising blood sugar with a low GL eating plan is also a key factor for brain health and for retaining those healthy bacterial ratios in the ‘gut’. Many recent research studies have shown metabolic syndrome, also known as insulin resistance syndrome, has been reversed by following a low GL diet, using the appropriate probiotics to encourage a dominance of beneficial bacteria and increasing daily activity.
And last but not least it’s a wonderful, taste laden way to eat for the rest of your life.
At Orchard clinic, I provide nutritional programmes to support the health of the digestive system and bowel and improve the bacterial population of the gut. I provide nutritional programmes to help with many and varied health concerns, along with meal plans, health advise for weight loss and coaching to ensure successful results are achieved.
I also offer Skype and phone appointments.