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Lose Weight with Probiotics

Probiotics affect how we lose weight.

Lose Weight with Probiotics

Weight Management is a challenge for many of us. We try eating healthy, counting calories, working out with our fitbits, cleansing and dieting.  Sometimes, it seems like no matter how good a job we do to take care of ourselves and watch what we eat, we still have no results when it comes to weight loss. Who ever thought that gut bacteria influences how we lose weight.

New information tells us that we can lose weight when we pay attention to our gut bacteria.

It turns out that our gut bacteria and the types of species we have in our digestive tract play an important role in determining if we are going to be thin or fat. Yes, that’s right,  it’s the type of bacteria in our digestive system that is tied to obesity.

We also know now that they play an extremely important role in our risk for developing Type 2 diabetes as well.

How does our microbiome bacteria affect weight control?

  • Our unique bacteria can determine why some people can get away with eating unhealthy foods without weight gain while others need a near perfect diet in order to maintain an optimum weight.
  • The latest research is able to show that the type of bacteria we have in our digestive system controls the number of calories we take from foods we ingest and  even the types of food we crave.
  • The way our food is converted after eating is effected by our bacteria as well.
  • Some foods, particularly carbohydrates, may change to compounds that result in fat storage, gas and insulin resistance.
  • On the other hand, bacteria in our gut is able to convert the identical foods to compounds that actually increase fat burning, reduce gas, increase insulin sensitivity and help to keep us satisfied.
  • These effects are influenced by turning on critical genes in the gut that control our metabolism.
  • What this means is that we are either genetically programmed to gain weight easily or to be lean.

The good news is that this genetic programming can be modified by taking the right probiotic bacteria.

Even better, we can feed the good bacteria with the right kinds of nutrients to help make that change even more effective.

How do We Change the Genetic Programming of Our Metabolism?

There are two key factors to pay attention to:

Bacteria & Fiber

There are 2 particular abundant species that are called Bacteroidetes and the other is Firmicutes. The ratio of these 2 species, Bacteroidetes to Firmicutes in our gut plays an important role.  Research scientists have found that thin people all over the world,  and from many different cultures, tend to have a higher ratio of bacteroidetes to firmicutes.

When ratio of firmicutes to bacteroidetes is higher, this is connected to obesity, diabetes and inflammation.

To get these two bacteria types into a healthy ratio, there are a few easy diet changes that we can make to help achieve a desired balance.

Bacteroidetes love fiber. Eating foods that are high in fiber and low in sugar, (zero sugar is the best!) will support the growth of the good bacteroidetes bacteria.

Firmicutes love sugar and simple carbohydrates.  If we have an overgrowth of firmicutes, we’re likely to get sugar and carbohydrate cravings. These bacteria are so powerful that they send neurotransmitters to our brain which make us crave more sugar.  They do this to get us to feed on the nutrients they want.

We know now that processed simple carbohydrates and sugars feed firmicutes and may lead to metabolic syndrome and weight gain.

So start reading labels and watch your sugar intake.

These Minor changes can go a long way. 

Another word of advice it to shorten the window of time that we eat our meals and snacks. It’s effective to try to eat all our food within an 8-10 hour window. You see, the microbes in our gut have a cycle. If we stretch our meals out for too long a time period, it stops the the good microbial recycling from happening.

If we have a 12+ hour period of fasting each day this allows the for beneficial bacteria growth and supports the growth of bacteroidetes.

The Right Type of Probiotic

The second most important microbial technique is to get the right probiotic into our system with our meals.

This insures that the healthy fiber and protein that we are consuming is being converted to fat busting compounds and not gas. If we eat a lot of healthy high fiber foods but don’t have the healthy probiotics in our gut, we can end up with gas and bloating.

This is because the bad bacteria feed on the fiber as well. When the bad bacteria feeds on fiber it converts it into hydrogen and methane gas instead of fat busting compounds.

Our Perfect Pass Probiotics are the right type of probiotics. They are formulated with a unique choice of probiotic bacteria that are known to convert fibers in the diet to short chain fatty acids which are known as the ‘fat busters’.

This formula is made of endospore forming gut bacteria known as bacillus species.

Research has shown that these strains of bacillus species, particularly when taken with fiber, increase the production of short chain fatty acids by 40% and decrease gas production by 50% .

This is precisely the key type of change that we want when eating fiber rich foods together with bacillus strain probiotics.

No other probiotic strains have achieved this type of metabolic response to fiber so far.

Why Short Chain Fatty Acids are So Important.

SCFAs or short chain fatty acids literally control the entire metabolic process. They regulate the balance between making fat, burning fat, as well as breaking down and absorbing of fat from our diet.

Studies show that there is a direct effect from the increase of  SCFA’s that are formed by good bacteria and the way they stimulate burning of fat and reducing accumulation of fat.  Hence, it is the most direct evidence there is for how to change our metabolism.

Actually these changes happen at the genome level where the short chain fatty acids turn on fat burning genes and at the same time turn off fat storage genes. This is precisely what we want for permanent weight loss. We want to reprogram gene expression that controls how our bodies respond to food.

This is what we call epigenetics i.e. we are changing the gene expression of our metabolism. This is a much more permanent way to lose weight and keep it off without counting calories.

We can achieve this by taking these key strains of bacillus endospore probiotics that are found in Perfect Pass Probiotics, together with either following a diet that is rich in healthy fibers or simultaneously taking Perfect Pass Prebiotics made from PHGG.

Our bodies then become reprogrammed through the changes that occur with key genetic activation.  What happens? Fat burns and fat accumulation gets less. At the same time there is an increase in energy metabolism, caloric burn, insulin sensitivity and feelings of being satisfied by the food we eat.

In the short term, there are lots of diets out there, but, the way to permanent weight loss and true metabolic health is achieved with ‘Metabolic Reprogramming’ so that our bodies literally become well tuned fat burning engines.

Probiotics Symposium Day 3

Probiotics Symposium Day 3

This has certainly been three VERY full days in San Antonio TX …..
– full of valuable information in the area of probiotics and how they relate to literally all fields of medicine and do you know why? There are more neurotransmitters in your gut than there are in your head and so if probiotics feed the microbiomes that live in your gut, there isn’t an area of your body’s function that will be not benefit.
-also full of presenters and colleagues who are experts in their fields. The cacophony of sound at the luncheon tables were a true indication of how much communication was taking place… everyone was so open to sharing their knowledge and experiences with others… what a pleasure.

The Alamo San Antonio TXIt was only later in the day, my last day, that I reminded myself that I had not been down to visit ‘The Alamo’! Imagine visiting San Antonio and not going there! I remedied that rather quickly by taking a quick sprint down E Houston Ave and was there in 8 minutes! And what a splendid experience – I was so happy I did – I learned so much US history that I didn’t know about.

Gerard Mullin MD, Assoc Prof of Medicine at John Hopkins University School of Medicine was our first presenter, talking about “Gi microbiota in Obesity”. Did you know that you cut your life by 10 years when you have morbid obesity? wow! and of course there are HUGE costs to US relating to obesity.

What did he teach me today? ….that the human microbiome is made up of a community ofGerard E Mullin MD Obesity microbes that can actually collectively sense one another! And we feed them with the food we eat.These Gut microbiota are a very important consideration with regard to obesity and are referred to as ‘fat bugs’ and what happens in obesity is that there are distorted microbiomes due to an imbalance. You see there are two kinds, Furmicutes and Bacteroidetes – Furmicutes are fat forming (not good) and then there are
Bacteroidetes and those are more of what you want.

Experiments with mice show that fat mice have lots of Furmicutes and if donor stool is from fat mice the experimental mice will get fat. The studies are done using FMT – Fecal Microbial Transplants. Mullin also discussed how high fat sugar alters the composition of bacteria flora that leads to increase in firmicutes and fewer bacteroidetes and this affects metabolism.

Next was Maria M Oliva-Hemker MD, who specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition, and is a Stermer family professor of Pedriatric IBD, at John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore MD, She was a very fluent and interesting presenter. She deals a lot with babies who suffer with intestinal micro necrotizing enterocolitis, a life threatening inflammatory intestinal disorder in infancy. She says that prophylaxis of chronic disease starts with infant and child. She sited lots of experiments that are on the way. One comment she made was to consider giving the mom more probiotics during on pregnancy.

I had listened to Elizabeth Mumper MD speak in Alexandria, Virginia last year. She runs the Rimland Center for Integrative Medicine and Advocates for kids and families. Her topic was “Gi Disturbance in Kids with Autism”. I was amazed to hear Dr Mumper’s most recent statistics that autism spectrum disorder is currently affecting 1 in 50 kids in the US.

Diarrhea and constipation are recurrent associated symptoms in autism and probiotics Elizabeth Mumper MDare very prevalent in her practice. Probiotics enhance killer cell IGA and so helps generally with digestion. She stressed how each child is unique and needs to be treated individually. She says that often behavioral disturbance is a sign of the expression of pain in a non-verbal child. She sees many children with leaky gut and recommends zinc as an important supplement for helping with this condition. She also recommends SCD Breaking the Vicious Cycle diet, explaining that Gluten is not recommended for these kids, not only because of possible celiac complications, but rather because there is a pro-inflammatory molecule in gluten and will manifest often as IBS. She mentioned that she always puts her patients on essential fatty acids

She commented on the differences in autism, ulcerative colitis and crohns, saying that even though they resemble each other and overlap in many ways, their gene expression is different. She regards the symptoms of eczema as much more than a skin condition to be treated with topical creams, to her its the window to the immune system. She spoke about how often she sees kids who have been on excessive bouts of antibiotics in the first 12-18 months of their life and this will wipe out all their good bacteria and add fuel to the fire.

Stephen Olmstead presented a very contraversal topic “Helicobacter pylori – Foe? Dr Stephen Olmstead MDSometimes Friend? He explained how H pylori is thought to be a monstrous organism that causes cancer and we need to get rid of them. Yet perhaps not??? He says that H pylori has been cohabiting with humans beings for 150 thousand years and that they modulate gastric output as well as encourage acid homeostasis.

H pylori was first identified by Dr Warren as a spiral bacteria 1979.Then in 1981 Drs Warren and Marshall collaborated and in 1985 actually won the Nobel prize for their pioneering work. Its a gram negative bacteria with 2-8 flagellae and can invade epithelial cells. It may be spread orally in water and by domestic pets.

H pylori is a commensal gastric organism. Yes, its pathogenic in 15-20 % people. But maybe it ought to be there but in small amounts?? We have been treating ulcers with h pylori but now we notice that there is an increase in esophageal cancer. why? Also, is there increase in asthma because of treatment of h pylori? These are the unanswered questions.

Treatment often fails, he says, and antibiotics are usually necessary.Why?
Dr Olmstead points to Biofilm where he feels the h pylori resides and hence the reason that its so difficult to eradicate. S boulardii has been shown to damage h pylori structure.
When used alone it only shows effective in small numbers – you use 10 billion cfu per day. Take for 30 days. Certainly natural agents are anti biofilm, like enzymes, probiotics and N acetyl l cysteine. These supplements are extremely helpful in dissolving Biofilm and I can order them for you from Klaire Labs – please email pamela@crohns.net or call 877-240-7528.

I really enjoyed meeting naturopath, Amy Johnson, whose practice is in Portland, Oregon. We discovered that we both practiced homeopathy which immediately added another area of conversation for us. She helps lots of people with digestive complaints teaching them about ‘the elimination diet’. She even offers cooking classes to her patients which makes compliance that much easier for them. Check her out at BlueHouseHolisticHealth.com

Pamela Nathan & Amy Johnson



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