What lives inside you? –  your microbiome.

Yesterday I talked about Weight Management & Obesity and some tests that had been carried out using the Microbiome from twins, one who was overweight the other thin. The results were straight forwards enough the microbiome from the lean human twin stayed lean.  And, the host with the microbiome from the overweight human twin gained weight and stored fat.

Could be a key reason why some people find it easier to lose weight than others and some people who seem to be able to eat what they like and never gain weight, I on the other hand just to need to sniff a bar of chocolate and I pile on the pounds. OK a bit of an exaggeration but form me that’s how it feels and always has done, throughout my entire adult life. When I was a teenager I was playing three football matches on average every week not too mention PT at school. I guess it should have come as no surprise that when all this stopped when I left school the pounds simply piled on.

Having tried most of my life to maintain my weight at what it should be for my height and struggled the Microbiome and role that it plays is exactly what I was looking for. As I said in earlier posts it’s about stacking the cards in my favour and this is no different.  Here’s why.

An interesting point in the study was the makeup of the microbial communities between the two twins.

For the overweight twin, the microbial community was dominated by Firmicutes; whereas, the microbial community of the lean twin was dominated by Bacteroidetes.

C’mon the Bacteroidetes, I need more millions more of the good ones!

Most studies now show that the higher your bacteroidetes compared to your firmicutes, the leaner you will be.  There are a couple of triggers that increase firmicutes over bacteroidetes.

  • Trigger 1 – High intake of omega-6 fatty acids from vegetable oils. Most processed foods use some form of vegetable oil for shelf stability.  The problem is these types of omega-6 oils trigger inflammation which favors the Firmicutes.
  • Trigger 2 – Animal protein creates less diversity in the microbial community, which then allows the Firmicutes to dominate.
  • Trigger 3 – Sugar and processed carbohydrates like wheat are fuel for Firmicutes, which again allows them to dominate your abdominal microbiome.
  • Trigger 4 – Stress triggers the releases of adrenal hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, which lower the Bacteroidetes in your abdominal cavity.

Several studies have shown how the standard American diet of sugary drinks, highly processed foods, high sugar consumption, and animal protein sources are causing children to develop microbial communities that are higher in Firmicutes than Bacteroidetes.  This leads to weight gain in children and the onset of Type 2 Diabetes.

This also explains why some people have an extremely challenging time losing weight.  What was once thought to be a slow metabolism and poor human genes is no longer the case.  Instead, their microbial community, and how it processes foods, plays a greater role.

Change the gut and you can change the outcome #HealthyGut

Day 14 Food Diary

  • Warm H2 Lemon Water
  • Therapeutic Smoothie
  • 3 x Probiotics
  • 2 x Microbiome Detox
  • ½ Apple with small piece of cheese
  • 2 x Gluten Free sausages and 2 free range eggs with a small portion of baked beans
  • Rib Eye Steak, veg and a small portion of sautéed potatoes
  • 2 x L-arginine sticks
  • 3 x Magnesium supplements

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