Friendly bacteria against Obesity and chronic inflammation
Obesity and Chronic Inflammation Link
People suffering from obesity are inclined to have an array of health problems largely due to inflammation. Reportedly, a pathogenic bacteria Staphylococcus aureus (staph) and Escherichia coli prove to be the source of detrimental effects on health in obese people. High concentration of pathogenic bacteria can cause inflammatory responses which lead to diseases like insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, periodontal disease, stroke and coronary heart disease.
Also, overweight people are at lethal peril from a number of staph infections like toxic shock syndrome, sepsis and endocarditis. Recent scientific research reveals that certain gut bacteria, including staph and E. coli, produce cytokines, which cause diabetes.
Patrick Schlievert, Ph.D explains this particular occurrence, stating:”The E. coli that resides in our gut produces LPS [lipopolysaccharide, a toxin] and every day a small amount of this toxin gets into our circulation, but it is generally cleared from the circulation by the liver.
However, people colonized by staph bacteria are also chronically exposed to superantigens, which shut down the LPS detoxification pathway.
That creates a synergy between the ‘uncleared’ LPS and the superantigen. All these two molecules do is cause inflammation and cytokine production. So in essence, their presence together creates a perfect storm for inflammation.”
Friendly bacteria Against Obesity and Staph Infection
Studies have shown that breast-fed babies show less inclination to becoming overweight, as they have been ingesting beneficial bifidobacteria early in life, and also low levels of staph bacteria. High concentration of lactose and low levels of phosphate are also beneficial for the infants gut. In order to prevent obesity and chronic inflammation we must consider “reseeding” the body with good bacteria.
We can achieve this by regularly consuming non-pasteurized, healthy and traditionally fermented food such as: Fermented vegetables, Lassi (an Indian yoghurt drink), fermented milk (such as kefir or sour cream), natto (fermented soy), chutneys, condiments and fermented fish. All these healthy products contain bacteria that produce lactic acid which supports weight loss. It would create a greatly positive effect if we could introduce a variety of fermented meals to our diet, but if we prove to be unable to do so for some reason, a high-quality probiotic supplement could prove itself an adequate replacement product.
Also, we should bear in mind that the rest of the diet is supposed to be rich and varied, and in order to maintain the health of the stomach flora the following should be avoided: Processed foods, antibiotics (including traces on factory refined animal meat), agricultural chemicals (especially glyphosate), chlorinated water, antibacterial soap and pollutants. Learn more about fermented sourdough bread.
Diet Against Obesity and Chronic Inflammation
To keep ourselves from obesity and chronic inflammation, we should exercise all-round healthy lifestyle. Keeping a high oral hygiene, balanced diet and active life are the most important factors, but the diet itself accounts for 80% of the goal.
Trans fats and sugar, like fructose, will increase inflammation, while healthy fats, such as omega-3 fats from krill oil, or the essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA) will help in reduce inflammation. To optimize insulin levels, we should avoid grains, sugar and fructose if your fasting level is 3 or higher, avoid overcooking foods that are high in cholesterol, foods cooked at high temperatures and trans fats. Introducing lots of raw foods, whole, organic and traditionally fermented foods, will prove as the best way to optimize the level of necessary nutrients and raising the level of D-vitamin, which is crucial for preventing the inflammation processes in the bowels and creating a stable immune system.