Dr. Shayesteh: Gut Bacteria

Dr. Shayesteh

Gut bacteria plays a key role in our health. What happens in our guts, affects our entire mind and body at the same time. Research shows that if you have an imbalance of bacteria in your guts, it causes a condition called insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is a condition where your body cannot use sugar as energy, so it continues to convert it to fat and cause a lot of weight gain. But that’s not all. When you have insulin resistance, your gut bacteria significantly increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. 

Gut bacteria also releases a chemical that takes over your brain, and actually makes you crave the food bacteria eat. So basically these harmful bacteria grow on fat and sugar. So when you have that imbalance, you’re actually craving fast foods and candy and chocolate and donuts. So it’s amazing that it has impact in even what we crave, because they want the food that they want. 

And also, gut bacteria affects your brain neurochemistry. A lot of serotonin, most of it produced in our guts. So when the serotonin level drops, it affects other brain neurochemistry, depression anxiety, mood swings, chronic fatigue kicks in. Remember the human gut and brain are connected. We call it gut brain. Anything that happens with the gut affects the brain, what happens in the brain affects our gut bacteria. That’s why by changing nutrition, we design a program, one of the key things is to create diversity of the bacteria. And support the growth of healthy bacteria. That is the key for human health. And remember human health starts in our gut. What happens in the gut is going to have an impact on the body from head to toe. From emotion and physical issues.

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