What is the ‘Microbiome’?

“When your body absorbs toxins, it stores them in fat, which is why fiber and probiotics are strategic weapons for weight loss. Fiber keeps your colon healthy and reduces your body's absorption of toxins”.

Suzanne Somers

I have always wondered about the macronutrient rule of 30-40-30. Thirty percent of our calories should be from fats and protein while forty percent should be from carbohydrates. If I maintained a solid lifestyle balance and eating ‘pretty well’ what is the relationship of these calories to my weight, mood, sleep and energy, my well-being? Feeling like I was missing a key knowledge point, I interviewed someone who raised the veil. Her name is Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary, a Neurologist and Ayurvedic Integrative Medicine specialist from San Diego, California and author of the book, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Prime-Prepare-Repair-Spontaneous-Weight/dp/1101904313" target="_blank">‘The Prime’</a>.

Her answer is, the ‘Microbiome’.

The Microbiome is a community of bacteria (aliens) that live inside our digestive tract, primarily in your large intestine, or colon. There are an estimated 100 trillion, (3-5 pounds), of these little guys doing their business, some are good, some are bad and then some are just hanging around, neutral.

The “good” bacteria have evolved to be helpers. What is good for them is good for us, and what is good for us is good for them. They produce vitamins, digestive enzymes, hormones and other compounds that enhance digestion and nutrient absorption, provide support for organ function, and support brain function.

There has been a lot of research recently into the notion that our cravings, weight, and even personality are controlled in part by our gut bacteria.

More diverse Microbiota = Lower InflammationàGreater Muscle Mass à Less Cognitive Decline


Diet deteriorationà Microbiota Change àHealth Decline

The bad bacteria, who are busy crowding out the good guys have, in the interests of their own survival, figured out how to influence the host, (that’s us), by sending their own signals to the brain: signals like, “eat sugar now!” or “Big Mac Attack”.

Helping the ‘good’ and suppressing the ‘bad’ is a key. Try this-

· Eat more fiber

· Limit eating saturated animal fat

· Jumping exercises (helps the lymphatic/filtering system)

· Consume probiotics