Research shows that the more species of probiotics your gut contains, the healthier you will be. This includes the ability to maintain an ideal weight throughout your lifetime. To manage weight, then, our goal is to skillfully introduce more diversity in our gut. But before we do that, let’s look at ways our microbiome may have gotten off kilter to begin with…
Impact of Infant and Early Child Feeding on Gut Health
Antibiotics and a Disconnect from Nature
By the time the average American child turns 18, s/he is likely to have received 10 to 20 courses of antibiotics. And that’s just the intentional antibiotic use. In spite of regulations, many agricultural farms use these same antibiotics on their livestock. A large proportion of what’s used in farming ends up in our food supply which we consume.
On top of this, our modern lifestyle equals a clean lifestyle. These days, we generally spend less time in nature, and limit our contact with beneficial bacteria found in plants, animals, and soil.
Modern Diet High in Refined and Processed Foods
Here is a perfect example of how weight management is about so much more than calories — Foods high in processed sugar, refined carbs, and unhealthy fats encourage the growth of certain bacteria that contribute to weight gain. When these harmful bacteria get a taste of junk food, they release a chemical called ‘endotoxin,’ which provokes an inflammatory response from the immune system. This inflammation then stimulates an overproduction of insulin – which tells the body to stop burning fat and start storing it.
Source: Ekaterina Kapranova
Being stressed out or dealing with feelings of anxiety, worry, or anger elicits a fight-or-flight response from our adrenal glands. Stress can physically affect our gastrointestinal system and the bacterial residents within it. Over time, high levels of stress increase the intestine’s permeability. This means that particles, such as bacteria and undigested food, can move more easily into the bloodstream, which can cause damaging chronic inflammation.
Metabolism is the key to weight loss. And the microbiome is the key to metabolism. Don’t work hard at diet and exercise only to not see the results you’re hoping for. Rebalance your microbiome and the rest will follow.Want more help? Please reach out! Hopefully this give you an idea on how the gut influences a healthy weight.