Jul 24 2016

Constant Struggle to Resist Foods High in Sugar

Published by at 11:53 am under Organic,probiotic supplements

Why is sugar so hard to resist?
Avoiding that hot fudge sundae might take more than will power.

Unhealthy dietary patterns are common for so many people  and contribute to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and metabolic syndrome.  Despite the fact that we know we should not eat certain foods, our  cravings tell us otherwise. For some of us, more than others, there is  – those we just know are not good for us. Even though we know the negative effects of these foods on our waistline, health and even survival, it is extremely difficult to change.  Our failure to break these habits is often followed with feelings of guilt and shame for lacking self-control.*  

Research is starting to show us more and more that maybe it isn’t that simple. It is not just a matter of lacking self control or discipline, but there is an underlying cause for these intense cravings and need to satisfy them. It is all about the gut and the population of microbes living there. Though they are residents of our bodies, they outnumber our human bacteria by 100 to 1. You’d think our own  bacteria would always have our best interest in mind, but if the balance of unfriendly to friendly is out of whack, the unfriendly bacteria living inside us, work against us in their effort to survive. (1,2)*

According to an article published in Bioessays, the “…evolutionary conflict between host and microbes in the gut leads microbes to divergent interests over host eating behavior. Gut microbes may manipulate host eating behavior in ways that promote their fitness at the expense of host fitness…” In other words, despite our best efforts to eat right and avoid sugar, fat and other processed foods, our gut microbes might have something else in mind, leading us to reach for that hot fudge sundae or piece of cake. And even though our brains are telling us to pick the salad, the “second brain” with the vagas nerve leading from the gut to the brain, wins out and rational thinking is lost. 1*

In an effort to survive, the bad microbes will cause us to crave sugar and junk foods, which is their food of choice, and helps them to proliferate. They generate cravings in our bodies, that result in us eating foods that suppress their competitors. These cravings can be pretty hard to resist, as they cause the host –us– to feel dysphoria or lows in our mood until we feed them what they want. We feel rewarded temporarily because our cravings cease and our mood is elevated…until the cravings start again. This is how the cycle continues. It is important to recognize this cycle and make a conscious effort to end it. “…They (the bacteria) may change the expression of taste receptors, making certain foods taste better; they may release hunger-inducing hormones; or they may manipulate the vagus nerve (which connects the stomach to the brain) to control their hosts’ eating behavior…”(1,2)*

Having a diverse microbiome is important. Overuse of antibiotics, poor diet and exposure to over processed foods can result in a diminished diversity of microbes. “…Fitness interests of gut microbes are also often not aligned, because members of the microbiota compete with one another over habitat and nutrients. This means that highly diverse populations of gut microbes may be more likely to expend energy and resources in competition, compared to a less diverse microbial population. A less diverse microbial population is likely to have species within it that have large population sizes and more resources available for host manipulation. Moreover, the larger a particular microbial population is, the more power it would have to manipulate the host through higher levels of factor production or other strategies…” Populating the gut by adding probiotics, such as BODY BIOTICS™ BIO-IDENTICAL SBO PROBIOTICS CONSORTIA™ is key to increasing the number of friendly microbes in your digestive tract.(1,2)*

So, what can you do to take control of the microbial population of your gut?

  • Take BODY BIOTICSâ„¢ BIO-IDENTICAL SBO PROBIOTICS CONSORTIAâ„¢ daily. Increasing your friendly bacteria will starve out the bad.
  • Eat organic. Organic fruits and vegetables gives you better access to soil born organisms like those in BODY BIOTICSâ„¢ BIO IDENTICAL SBO PROBIOTICS CONSORTIAâ„¢.
  • Eat fiber. Fiber works as a prebiotic and is food for good bacteria.
  • Avoid antibiotics. Whenever possible, avoid taking antibiotics which wipe out the good bacteria along with the bad.
  • Avoid pesticides and others chemicals that are toxic to your system.
  • Avoid sugar and artificial sweeteners. Sugars of all kind are food for bad bacteria.*

I hope this helps you understand why we crave certain foods and with this knowledge, make it easier for you to listen to your body and know when it is tricking you into feeding the unfriendly bacteria. Make a concerted effort to feed your body the food that will benefit the friendly microbes, which will starve out the bad. As your balance of friendly bacteria takes over, you should find that your cravings for sugar and other unhealthy foods, diminishes.*

Until next week, healthiest wishes!







  1. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/bies.201400071/full
  2. http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/08/your-gut-bacteria-want-you-to-eat-a-cupcake/378702/

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