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.

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Inflammation and Chronic Digestive Problems

I’m really intrigued by the recent articles that I have been reading about different kinds of digestive problems. The medical profession generally likes to give labels to different diseases. But, my interest now is what they have in common, rather than what makes them different. In other words, what do Crohn’s Disease, Colitis, Leaky Gut, SIBO and Irritable Bowel Syndrome all have in common?

Now, I understand more about the one thing they do share, that they all have in common. And that’s chronic inflammation. The causes are definitely varied, but the end result of chronic inflammation in the gut happens in all of them.

Sometimes it’s because of exposure to toxins, sometimes it is emotional stress, or even nutritional deficiencies. But, no matter what the cause is, there is a need to pay attention to the ramifications of chronic inflammation when looking at truly repairing the digestive system and the related systems that become affected by it.

Micrograph of the Large intestine of person with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Micrograph of the Large intestine of person with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

I agree with Dr Russell Jaffe MD when he says that the time has come to rethink inflammation. He suggests that we need to think about inflammation based on physiology rather than pathology. What that means is that inflammation is not just a parameter that you see on a blood test, but rather what happens to our bodies when there is inflammation and why is it there.

What happens when the body is inflamed?

The four signs of inflammation are “swelling,” “redness,” “heat,” and “pain.” Later “loss of function,” was added as the fifth result of inflammation. Then aside from physical changes, there are significant important psychological symptoms like loss of appetite, apathy, fatigue and an increasing sensitivity to pain.
When inflammation occurs, the body is unable to repair itself. Let’s say you stub your toe. It swells up, get red and hot and then once the body is able to ‘repair’ the inflammation, it returns to normal. With acute inflammation like this, there is a short-term immune response when there is trauma, infection or allergy. The symptoms happen when the immune defense and repair system uses up and runs out of the essential nutrients that it needs to energize and protect to body.

What is difference when there is Chronic Inflammation?

Swollen Digestive Tract
Comparison of Normal and Swollen Digestive Tract

However, when the inflammation is chronic, there is a cumulative effect. We used to think that we needed to fight the symptoms of inflammation. But, now we know that this isn’t the right approach. The inflammation is not acute, therefore, just reducing the current area of inflammation is not enough. Now, the symptoms of chronic inflammation need to be understood as the body’s cry for help.
It’s not a symptom that you want to suppress but rather an invitation to rehabilitate and repair. And we can do that by giving the body what it needs to do that.

Chronic inflammation is what you’re facing when the body is unable to repair itself, and the ‘first-responder cell team’ can’t complete the repair and the immune system is unable to overcome the symptoms presented.

What are the necessary steps to take when dealing with Chronic Inflammation?

The first concept to embrace is Epigenetics. What is that, you may ask? Epigenetics refers to our quality of life. This includes what we choose to eat, drink, and think. Believe it or not, this determines 92% of our quality of life years, whereas genetics only determines 8%.

And what’s more, if, what we refer to as a ‘repair deficit’ continues in the digestive tract, the gut lining is affected. And what happens is that it no longer protects the digestive system as it usually does. Lactose and gluten intolerance, as well as low mucosal antibody (IgA) and inflammatory bowel diseases, can happen or be exacerbated because of maldigestion, dysbiosis, leaky gut or in other ways that result in the digestive function in the gut being compromised, food not assimilated properly or being eliminated adequately.

Now we know that inflammation becomes chronic when there is an unwanted, yet persistent ‘stimulus’. This stimulus may come from free radicals that invade our bodies every day when we eat foods that are prepared with processed vegetable oils like french fries and fried food. Then there are other culprits like most salad dressings, non-fat dried milk, powdered coffee creamer, and of course crackers, cookies, chips, and many other processed foods.

The stimulus might be an allergy to wheat (gluten) which inflames the gut. It may be because of a low-grade infection from an old injury that never healed. Now, we also know that even heavy metals, pesticides, and chemicals are a great burden on our bodies. It’s possible that a low-grade infection caused by a dental root canal treatment is the underlying ‘stimulus’.

Unfortunately, there are lots of different reasons and factors to consider that constantly irritate the body.

Chronic inflammation falls below the threshold of perceived pain. You don’t think you feel sick, but a fire is quietly smoldering within you, upsetting the delicate balance among all of the major systems: endocrine, central nervous, digestive, and cardiovascular/respiratory.

In a healthy body, these systems communicate with each other. With chronic inflammation, that communication becomes distorted.

Some 20 years after their discovery in 1982, and having endured a storm of criticism from the medical establishment, Warren, 68, and Marshall, 54, found that Helicobacter pylori played a role in gastritis and peptic ulcers. It was only in 2005 that they were awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine. Even then, the idea of chronic inflammation was being suggested.

The Nobel Assembly’s comment was, “This was very much against prevailing knowledge and dogma because it was thought that peptic ulcer disease was the result of stress and lifestyle,” and mentioned that it was chronic inflammation that had a damaging effect on arteries, which could lead to high cholesterol, heart attacks and strokes.

Inflammation in Blood Vessels.

Microorganisms can cause inflammation in the blood vessels. The inside of the arteries come under attack. Immune cells are released to fight the inflammation, and then cholesterol is laid down like a Band-aid over a wound. However, the inflammation is still active under that Band-Aid. Then what happens? What happens in time is that the Band-Aid bulges. Maybe a small part of the blood vessel gives way and a blood clot is needed to stop the problem. Then if the clot breaks loose and travels up to your brain, you have a stroke. If it travels up to your heart it results in a heart attack.

Chronic inflammation is a dangerous condition to deal with.
It affects all parts of the body.

The different aspects of Epigenetics all contribute to encouraging a healthy digestive tract. Here are the ones that I’d like to pay attention to first. I’ll address them one by one in follow up posts:

– poor diet,
– inadequate sleep,
– irregular elimination,
– inactivity, and
– stress.