Feb 01 2015

What is your gut telling you?

Published by at 12:31 pm under probiotic supplements

The influence gut bacteria can have on your food choices.

At Body Biotics, we have always known and advocated the importance of keeping your microbiome healthy, and a recent study by researchers from the University of California at San Francisco, Arizona State University and the University of New Mexico shows more compelling evidence to support this fact. In a nut shell, their research reveals that the bacteria in your gut influence your eating patterns. If you have a plethora of bad bacteria, you will be craving foods that feed that bacteria.  “…These manipulative bacteria can make their hosts crave unhealthy foods rich in sugar and fat and are therefore thought to contribute to obesity…” 1

According to their research, gut microbiota can have an influence on a person’s eating patterns by manipulating the vagus nerve, the nerve that extends from the brain to the gut. Bacteria in your gut can manipulate your brain into unhealthy eating, feeling depressed and stressed. It is through this manipulation, that the bacteria create an ideal environment for their own propogation.

“…”Microbes have the capacity to manipulate behavior and mood through altering the neural signals in the vagus nerve, changing taste receptors, producing toxins to make us feel bad, and releasing chemical rewards to make us feel good,” said senior author Athena Aktipis in a statement. The researchers behind the current study looked at 120 different papers and research articles on gut flora published between 1981 and 2013 to come to their conclusions.

“…Microbiota have “hijacked the nervous system” with “dramatic effects on behavior,” reads the new study. Besides hooking up with the vagus nerve, the gut is also connected to the endocrine system and the immune system, which means these microbiota can also influence those systems, but researchers are unsure of exactly how…”

To comprehend this, it’s important to realize we have 10 times more gut bacteria than we do human cells, though they are much smaller. The good news is that each and every one of us can manipulate our microbiome via relatively simple dietary changes. “If you’re worried about your microbiota composition, know that changing it through diet can take anywhere from a couple of minutes, which is how often the microbiota in your gut evolve, to 24 hours , which is how long it takes the gut flora to restructure itself once dietary changes have taken place. Changing the bacteria in your gut can potentially help change your eating habits and vice versa…”

“…“Because microbiota are easily manipulatable by prebiotics, probiotics, antibiotics, fecal transplants, and dietary changes, altering our microbiota offers a tractable approach to otherwise intractable problems of obesity and unhealthy eating,” wrote the authors in a statement…”

The senior author Aktipis went on to say that  targeting the microbiome could “…open up possibilities for preventing a variety of disease from obesity and diabetes to cancers of the gastro-intestinal tract…We are only beginning to scratch the surface of the importance of the microbiome for human health.”…”

You’ve heard the expression, ‘You are what you eat’…well this research makes that more true than ever since we are really what our microbiota eat. With that in mind, take special care to feed your microbiome the proper foods which includes a diet rich in organic foods with a big emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables, along with a daily dose of Body Biotics™ SBO Prebiotic/Probiotic Consortia™.

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

 

 

References:

  1. http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/gut-bacteria-controls-your-brain

 

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