How the Microbiome Ate My Lunch

Sure, having a problem with your hunger doesn’t quite make you a rarity, but learning how to effectively manage your hunger in a healthy manner could set you apart from the crowd. To do this, you can benefit from a strategy that uses breakthrough insights about the gut microbiome.

The microbiome are microorganisms in and on our bodies – bacteria, fungi and many others. As such, this is the ‘oldest’ study of the life sciences. An early scientist using a crude microscope discovered bacteria in 1676, and so was born the field of microbiology.

You’ve probably heard of probiotics. Well, that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the bacteria in your gut. Upcoming revelations from the science of the microbiome will be incredible – including the awesome potential around new cures and treatments for many diseases.

To help illustrate just what a big deal this is, let’s try a little challenge. Open your favorite search engine and type in “microbiome” along with the name of any disease or medical condition. Need a quick suggestion? Try a few of these: cancer, autoimmune diseases, obesity, diabetes (both type 1 and type 2), chronic fatigue syndrome, IBS, IBD, candida infections, c. difficile infections, leaky gut, autism, etc.

There’s simply no shortage to the research articles. And while not all the breakthroughs are going to happen tomorrow, momentum is already building. There’s positive reason to believe that, over the next ten years, curiosity about the microbiome will drive one of the richest-ever periods in biomedical research. In fact, recent work at the Mayo Clinic has already focused on the role of the microbiome in our diets. It received enthusiastic coverage in the media, including a segment produced by NPR entitled “Diet Hit a Snag? Your Gut Bacteria May Be Partly to Blame.”

Feed your microbiome – not just yourself.

You can think of your digestive system as two parts. When you eat simple and easily digested carbohydrates (such as sugar, bread, potatoes, rice) these things are absorbed in the first part to give you calories. Oddly, these don’t quench your hunger, unless eaten in excess. The second part of your digestive system is the large intestine, also known as your colon. It comes after your stomach and your small intestine. In most people the large intestine is filled with about three pounds of things being fermented and lots of microorganisms doing the fermentation ­– about 40 trillion in total, with about 800 species and strains.

The microorganisms in your large intestine should be consuming the prebiotic nutrients that make their way through the stomach and small intestines undigested. These nutrients have few calories, but they serve a vital role for many of these microorganisms and for your body as a whole. If you only ate the highly caloric, easily digested carbohydrates – like many people do – then the microorganisms in the large intestines would go hungry. If they are well-fed with prebiotics, then they produce a whole range of molecules. For this discussion about stemming your hunger, one group of such molecules is the most important: Short Chain Fatty Acids (SCFA). These are key to the subject of the “gut-brain axis.”

Why are the Short Chain Fatty Acids (SCFA) so important?
When these molecules are produced in your large intestine, they proceed to be absorbed by the cells lining your gut. Those cells then go on to produce natural and healthy hormones called PYY and GLP-1. Among other functions, these hormones control your appetite, regulate the rate at which food is allowed to move from your stomach into your intestine, and also help regulate your blood sugar from healthy levels.

The SCFA are the product of the fermentation that takes place only if the microorganisms in your gut are fed the prebiotics. If all you ate was fruit and vegetables (not counting the simple carb veggies) then you would get lots of SCFA and all would be good.

A simplified solution

BiomeBliss is a second-generation prebiotic designed to optimize production of SCFA. If you’re not going to overhaul your diet immediately, it serves as an excellent supplement. Goes way beyond just probiotics, this is a prebiotic, used to properly feed the healthy bacteria already living within your gut. You can simply add something to your diet that will provide you with the prebiotic nutrients AS IF you ate a whole pile of fruit and vegetables, only with much fewer calories.

BiomeBliss is a drink mix that is berry-flavored and delicious to drink. You can add it to things like yogurt, a smoothie, or just cold water. A single serving has just 60 calories but delivers the prebiotics from what would have been 380 calories of fruit and vegetables. It has been tested in two clinical trials at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

The unique part of the product – and one of the reasons we got a patent on it – is that we use the antioxidant polyphenols found in colored fruit (the reason why red wine is good for you in moderation) to adjust the activity in the gut to produce even more SCFA instead of other microbial metabolites.

Controlling your hunger beast

You must leverage the microorganisms in your gut to help quell your hunger and give yourself a chance to win. The reason the beast is so powerful is that your microbiome is not getting fed enough of the right stuff. Even if you are eating quite a lot, you might be literally starving the important bacteria in your large intestine. In turn, they are not producing SCFA, and thus not providing your brain with the signal that you’ve had enough. This gut-brain signal might take a few hours (even a few days) to build up once you have a good supply of SCFA. Then you will be better able to manage your hunger. When your microbiome-triggered signals are finally working right, that pint of ice cream will no longer look like a single serve container!

It’s not about the “bad things” you’ve been eating, but rather it is more about the “good things” you haven’t been eating. You have to feed your GI microorganisms without taking in unnecessary calories. That’s the microbiome insight.  Its what’s been going wrong with your ‘diet.’ BiomeBliss makes it easy to get those good things into your routine without drastic changes and without the calories. Eating healthy will come with time, and BiomeBliss serves as a good start in that direction.

Give it a try for a few weeks to see how it starts shifting your overall mentality about what’s truly important to your microbiome.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.  Product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

Published: October 2, 2018

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