Do you eat the same types, healthy or unhealthy, amounts of food as your friends but find yourself piling up more pounds than they do? It is possible that they have hit the genetic jackpot and can eat everything they want and still stay lean. However, there is actually more to it than genetics. There is one other contributing factor that you could correct to help you reap the benefits of your healthy eating habits with the occasional cheat meal, and still manage a healthy weight.
Recent studies have discovered that the microflora found in our gut plays a significant role in how many extra pounds we tend to carry. A study found that the guts of individuals that were either overweight or obese were dominated by pathogenic (bad) bacteria. Opposite of this, individuals with guts dominated with beneficial (good) bacteria were leaner. The main issue seems to lay on the interactions between fat cells and bad bacteria because they form a cascade of chaos in other body processes.
Pathogenic bacteria get to work, interacting with fat cells, producing superantigens (toxins that activate white blood cells called T-cells) and ultimately causing the over production of cytokines triggering the inflammation response. Researchers have found E.coli to hinder detoxification processes due to its production of the toxin lipopolysaccharide (LPS). With high amounts of bad bacteria detoxification processes such as the LPS detoxification fails contributing to a vicious cycle of toxin accumulation, cytokine production and inflammation of the body.
- Gut filled with pathogenic bacteria allow large amounts of toxins to circulate the body
- Toxins interact with fat cells causing production of cytokines
- Superantigens accumulate
- High concentration of toxins in the body affects detoxification processes (e.g. LPS)
- The inflammation response is constantly active due to cytokine over production (lead on by toxin activated T-cells)
Chronic inflammation can damage cells possibly making them insulin resistant and increasing the potential for developing diabetes a known side effect of obesity.
When the gut is filled of bad bacteria other accompanying issues include digestive discomfort, inflammatory based conditions, and carrying extra weight. Using probiotics and prebiotics can help restore a balance in the gut microflora. Cleansings will help clear out any accumulation of toxins in the body triggering overall inflammation.
Dealing with the inflammation is also important in preventing the onset of other illnesses. Adding natural supplements that have anti-inflammatory properties will help in the process of restoring beneficial bacteria as well. Cytokine signaling can be decreased with the aid of Serrapeptase, an enzyme with both fibrinolytic and anti-inflammatory properties, in combination with prebiotics and probiotics it will gradually improve the guts health, digestion, and eventually ones attempt at staying lean and preventing disease.
The key idea here is that if we provide our bodies with the right tools to up keep a gut filled of beneficial bacteria our other efforts to stay healthy will be reflected.