Weight Loss and the Microbiome Connection with Kiran Krishnan
The gut microbiome is one of the most powerful regions of the human body. A lot of research is coming out about the importance of the bacteria in the body, and Kiran Krishnan is one of the researchers leading the way for all of us.
The microbiome is made of around 1500 different strains of bacteria that all work together to keep the body healthy. Of the 1500 strains, we only understand around 10% of their total functionality.
With more research coming out every single day, soon we will be able to understand how each strain of bacteria impacts the body.
Can the Microbiome Cause Health Issues and Weight Gain
Research is showing that an imbalance of bacteria in the gut can cause a lot of health issues that we see on the rise today. With an increase in antibiotic use and exposure to pesticide-rich foods (which you can learn more about here), the microbiome is under more assault then it ever has been.
The use of antibiotics has been shown to increase weight in cattle. In fact, many cattle farms use antibiotics not only to reduce chances of disease, but also to make the cattle increase weight faster. This has also been shown to happen in humans, and with an imbalanced microbiome, weight gain can also occur.
But have no fear, the microbiome is very resilient and with the proper care, it can bounce back. In this episode, Kiran Krishnan’s discussion will cover:
- How does the microbiome impact the overall functions of the body
- What the microbiome is like in different regions of the body, such as the genitals
- Why are Bacillus Endospores important for the recovery of the good bacteria in the gut
- Do fermented foods actually provide probiotics