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  • Overindulgence Leads to More Than Weight Gain~ Dr. Margarita Murphy

    Thanksgiving can do more than add a few pounds to the scale. Examine.com sheds light on the gut disturbance that can be caused from this gluttonous affair.

    Click here for the full article.

    “The gut microbiome has been linked to a ton of conditions, ranging from anxiety and depression to obesity. Which makes sense, considering that you are what you eat, and that behind the scenes YOUR GUT BACTERIA ALSO EATS WHAT YOU EAT.

    And what you eat sits in your gut, an organ that plays a major role in almost every physiological system, from the nervous system to the immune system. For example, over 90% of your serotonin is in your gut, and gut serotonin plays a role in regulating body weight.

    Providing your gut bacteria with too much food might be unhealthy for a variety of reasons. One is that excess energy could promote certain bacteria over others, reducing overall bacterial diversity, which would drive further mechanisms that promote weight gain (like reduced satiety after a meal). A rat study shed further light on the effect of binging, showing that rats who binged for part of the week and ate healthy the rest of the week still ended up with screwed-up microbiomes that were similar to those of rats who ate junk food constantly.

    Lastly, eating a lot of flour- and sugar-rich food may be uniquely bad for your microbiome. These dense foods lack cells, unlike less-processed plants and animals, and provide your gut with a huge blast of carbohydrate all at once. This isn’t something human guts are used to, and it could promote SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, a common condition where there’s too much bacteria where it shouldn’t be, too high up in the intestine), among other problems.”

     

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