Tuesday, August 6, 2013

How Gut Bacteria Affects Your Weight, and Why CAFO Meats Promote Antibiotic- Resistant Disease


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    Recent studies 

have repeatedly demonstrated that the makeup of your
intestinal flora can have an impact on your weight, and your propensity
to gain or lose weight.

    Most recently, research1 also suggests that as much as 20 percent of
the substantial weight loss achieved from gastric bypass, a popular
weight loss surgery, is actually due to shifts in the balance of bacteria
in your digestive tract. According to co-author Dr. Lee M. Kaplan:

        “The findings mean that eventually, treatments that adjust the
microbe levels, or 'microbiota,' in the gut may be developed to help people
lose weight without surgery.”

Gut Microbes May Be Behind Weight Loss After Gastric Bypass

    To investigate the potential link between gastric bypass surgery and
alterations in gut flora, fattened-up mice were divided into two groups. The
test group underwent gastric bypass surgery while the control group received
sham surgery. After the sham surgery, the controls were further divided into
two groups: One received a fatty diet; the other a weight-loss diet.

    In the test group, the microbial populations quickly changed following
surgery, and the mice lost weight. In the control group, the gut flora didn’t
change much, regardless of their diet. After the bypass surgery, the test
group was found to have more of certain types of microbes, including:

        Gammaproteobacteria, particularly Escherichia species, which can help
prevent inflammation and maintain intestinal health, although some species of
Escherichia are pathogenic

        Akkermansia bacteria, which can feed on mucus found in your


    According to the featured article:

        “Next, the researchers transferred intestinal contents from each of
the groups into other mice, which lacked their own intestinal bacteria. The
animals that received material from the bypass mice rapidly lost weight;
stool from mice that had the sham operations had no effect.”

More Research Shows Your Gut Bacteria Impacts Your Weight

    Previous research has also shown that lean people tend to have higher
amounts of various healthy bacteria compared to obese people. For example,
one 2011 study5 found that daily intake of a specific form of lactic acid
bacteria could help prevent obesity and reduce low-level inflammation.

    In this study, rats given the bacterium while in utero through adulthood
put on significantly less weight than the control group, even though both
groups of rats ate a similar high-calorie diet. They also had lower levels of
minor inflammation, which has been associated with obesity.

    Similarly, gut bacteria have also been shown to impact weight in human
babies. One study6 found babies with high numbers of bifidobacteria and low
numbers of Staphylococcus aureus -- which may cause low-grade inflammation in
your body, contributing to obesity -- appeared to be protected from excess
weight gain.

    This may be one reason why breast-fed babies have a lower risk of
obesity, as bifidobacteria flourish in the gut of breast-fed babies.

Probiotics also appear beneficial in helping women lose weight after
childbirth when taken from the first trimester through breastfeeding.

    Two other studies found that obese individuals had about 20 percent more
of a family of bacteria known as firmicutes, and almost 90 percent less of a
bacteria called bacteroidetes than lean people. Firmicutes help your body to
extract calories from complex sugars and deposit those calories in fat. When
these microbes were transplanted into normal-weight mice, those mice started
to gain twice as much fat. This is one explanation for how the microflora in
your gut may affect your weight.

    Yet another study from 20107 showed that obese people were able to reduce
their abdominal fat by nearly five percent, and their subcutaneous fat by
over three percent, just by drinking a probiotic-rich fermented milk beverage
for 12 weeks. Given that the control group experienced no significant fat
reductions at all during the study period, this is one more gold star for

    Probiotics have also been found to benefit metabolic syndrome, which
often goes hand-in-hand with obesity. This makes sense since both are caused
by a diet high in sugars, which leads to insulin resistance, fuels the growth
of unhealthy bacteria, and packs on excess weight.

Diet and Environmental Factors Affect Your Gut Flora

    I have long stated that it's generally a wise choice to "reseed" your
body with good bacteria from time to time by taking a high-quality probiotic
supplement or eating non-pasteurized, traditionally fermented foods such as:

        Fermented vegetables
        Lassi (an Indian yoghurt drink, traditionally enjoyed before dinner)
        Fermented milk, such as kefir
        Natto (fermented soy)

    One of the reasons why fermented foods are so beneficial is because they
contain lactic acid bacteria, which of course has health benefits over and
beyond any weight-loss benefits, as well as a wide variety of other
beneficial bacteria. Ideally, you want to eat a variety of fermented foods to
maximize the variety of bacteria. But eating fermented foods may not be
enough if the rest of your diet is really poor. Your gut bacteria are an
active and integrated part of your body, and as such are vulnerable to your
lifestyle. If you eat a lot of processed foods, for instance, your gutbacteria
are going to be compromised because processed foods in general will
destroy healthy microflora and feed bad bacteria and yeast. Your gut bacteria
are also very sensitive to:

        Chlorinated water
        Antibacterial soap
        Agricultural chemicals


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