Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal BMI is 24.9.
Natural Weight Loss
Too Many Bad Bugs – And Not Enough Good Ones
Part of what lured us into this pesticide-riddled mess was the desire to kill the “pests” that live all around us but seemed bothersome or threatening.
We’re entitled to do that, right?
We tried to rid ourselves of every bug, big and small, especially scary ones like staph, salmonella, and E. coli, with all kinds of antibacterial products.
We pump ourselves full of antibiotics.
Here’s the deal.
Trying to get rid of most bacteria isn’t only dangerous, it’s pointless.
Of the trillions of cells in your body, only 1 out of every 10 is human.
The rest are bacteria, fungi, protozoa – more than 500 other species of microbes, most of which are hanging out in your gut.
Most of these bugs are actually beneficial – they’re “probiotics” living in our bellies and they’re important to the healthy functioning of our immune and digestive systems.
But when they get out of balance, and the “bad” bugs overwhelm the “good” bugs, bad things start to happen.
You might get yeast infections, diarrhea, or other stomach symptoms.
You might develop food allergies.
You might get a truly evil bug, like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, a potentially fatal staph infection.
You might even get fat.
Dr. Nikhil Dhurandhar created the term “infectobesity” to describe the phenomenon of infection as a cause of obesity.
In the past 20 years, at least 10 pathogens have been reported to increase weight in humans and animals, including viruses, bacteria, and microflora in your gut.
Researchers have found when people lose weight, the proportion of 2 key microflora – Bacteriodetes and Firmicutes, which comprise 90% of the gut flora – change.
These researchers believe our “gut microbial ecology” may actually be responsible for how many calories our bodies absorb from food and send to fat cells.
They first did a study on mice and found obese mice had 50% fewer Bacteriodetes and 50% more Firmicutes.
Then they did a study on humans and found as people lost weight, either on a low-fat or low-carb diet, their skinny Bacteriodetes started flourishing and the fat Firmicutes diminished.
The researchers believe Firmicutes bacteria actually help your body absorb more calories, especially from carbs, and send more directly into fat.
But as people lost weight, it’s almost as if they shed these bacteria in favor of the leaner, meaner Bacteriodetes.
The researchers even wondered if maybe some people are predisposed to obesity because they start out with a higher proportion of Firmicutes in their intestines.
The irony is when you take antibiotics to help wipe out the “bad” bacteria, you end up taking out the “good” bacteria at the same time.
Then you have to start building up your beneficial bacteria’s defenses again, a nearly impossible challenge when fed solely the standard diet of processed foods the “bad” bacteria love.
The only thing we can do is to keep our immune systems strong and take care of our microflora environments by eating the foods that replenish and feed our beneficial bacteria so they can counterbalance the activity of the negative bacteria.
This plan helps you by focusing on organic meat and dairy from animals that have been raised without the use of antibiotics, and by avoiding over-medicating your body with antibiotics whenever possible.
Come join me on my weight loss journey! I’d love to have you along!
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