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.