Smorgasbord Health update – The Gut Brain – the link to obesity.

For those of you who followed the series on Sugars and Candida you might be interested in this research which is now linking the quality and type of bacteria in our gut to obesity.

Since I confirmed my suspicions that I was suffering from Candida Albicans 20 years ago and wrote about the link in my first book about weight loss, I have been following the various research programmes into the ‘gut brain’ as it is now referred to.

In my own experience with my weight and also having worked with morbidly obese men and women for the last 18 years I am convinced that the answer to being overweight is not only about the kinds of foods that we eat or do not eat but in the way that the food is processed by the body.

I am delighted that we are at last able to get some definitive answers about the individual roles of the millions of bacteria in the intestines and also what happens when there is a chronic imbalance.

If you have dieted and still found it very hard to lose weight then you might be interested in this article and other references to the research.

It does identify that the best diet is low refined sugar, cooked from scratch, varied with as many different ingredients as possible and taken with moderate exercise.

Professor Tim Spector used his own son of 22 for his experiments with junk foods and the results were compelling.  There was no doubt that after just 10 days of eating nothing but burgers, fizzy drinks and chicken nuggets that there were serious health issues. The before and after examination of the population of bacteria in his son’s gut identified why.

He also points out that our ancestors would routinely eat around 150 different food types as part of their regular diet but that we have become fixed into a routine of only including 20 or so which severely restricts the types and numbers of healthy bacteria in our gut. This will impact the way that food is processed and the nutrients extracted that we need to be healthy.

This results in inefficient immune system function and insufficient nutrients available for major organ health.

I do suggest that you read the following links.. same reports but slightly different information.  The book looks like a fascinating read.

The previous posts on sugars and Candida Albicans can be found here.




17 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Health update – The Gut Brain – the link to obesity.

  1. I’m ashamed to admit it but I was eating a beautiful coconut-flavoured Tim Tam while reading your post but we did have a salad with dinner and a banana smoothie for afternoon tea so not all bad.

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  2. I have just been learning how to eat healthily. Before all I ate was refined sugars, and flour products. Now I am eating lean proteins, and lots of vegetables, and some fruit. No more white sugar or flour for me! And my health is definitely improving! Thanks for the article.

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  4. Important post Sally. It’s true that many people aren’t aware that it isn’t always only the food we eat that causes the weight gain. And gut bacteria is essential to our bodies proper functioning digestive system. Consider this shared! ❤

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  5. I desperately need to put myself to bed, but I’m like a kid begging for just one more story as I investigate your blog. This post jumped out especially. When I finally get around to my own gut/brain mental health article, I will most certainly be linking here and referencing the health sections of your site.

    I was fortunate that I was raised by a “salad and several veggies with every dinner” Mom and a “we can’t afford to waste money on junk / finish your milk” Dad, so I have enjoyed amazing physical health, simply eating like I learned to eat. I have never had a weight problem, except in my own mind during certain periods of neurotic self-focus when I was a young adult — and a 30 pound weight gain as the result of a prescription drug before my doctor and I decided it was NOT for me (once he finally believed that I had changed not one thing about my diet!). What got me interested in nutrition was my fascination with neuroscience

    With only a few exceptions (depression being one), I can’t really support the “poor diet *causes* [fill in the blank of your favorite mental health struggle]” point of view. I can totally support the reality that poor diet exacerbates symptoms, and can create new and even more troubling ones! My poor ADD, N-24 brain needs all the help I can give it!

    After a protracted course of antibiotics killed off much of my gut bacteria, I learned the hard way that serotonin production begins in the gut — and no anti-depressant in the world can counteract the depressive effects of practically zero serotonin! It took almost a year of probiotic support to recover.

    So, much of your information was not particularly new to me across the board, but I was amazed and impressed by the depth of your Health Directory. I look forward to working my way through all of your articles in that section. (After an 8-10 hour nap!) G’nite 🙂
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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