The hidden link between obesity and gut microbiome


If you have tried many times in your life to lose weight or reverse obesity but find it practically impossible to reach your ideal weight, get rid of that belly fat, and feel healthier, the underlying real cause may be your gut health, regardless of whether you have digestive symptoms or not!

More and more research indicates that obesity has a microbial component, which might have potential therapeutic implications. And whilst obesity is a multifactorial disease resulting in excessive accumulation of adipose tissue, over the last decade science has identified the balance between the microbial colonies in the gut as an important factor in the development of both obesity and its related metabolic disorders like e.g. insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and even inflammatory bowel diseases.

How can the gut microbial environment contribute to the development of obesity and the related metabolic diseases?

There are three ways in which an imbalanced gut ecology can contribute to fat storage and obesity:

1- Higher than normal levels of SCFA.
A high abundance of bacteria that ferment carbohydrates can lead to overproduction of short-chain fatty acid (SCFA), providing an extra source of energy for the person. This excess in carbohydrate energy ends up being stored as fat or sugar in the fat cells, causing obesity;

2-Leaky gut syndrome:
When due to certain negative factors like environmental toxins, courses of antibiotics, bacterial infections, lifestyle, wrong diet, and other, the lining of the intestines becomes permeable, or “leaky”, toxic compounds that penetrate through this porous and injured gut lining increase and aggravate low-grade inflammation in the organs and tissues including the pancreas, resulting in insulin resistance. With insulin resistance, there will be fat storage instead of fat burning, and thus obesity.

3- Increased activity of the gut endocannabinoid system.
Disorders that enhance intestinal endocannabinoid tone, including diet-induced obesity, can further exacerbate barrier function and diseases associated with metabolic endotoxemia, which itself has been shown to initiate the onset of diabetes and obesity.

In functional medicine we diligently investigate the status of your colonic, intestinal, and general microflora and we use either a stool test, a urine test, or a breath test to do so, depending on individual symptoms. The solutions are there! Obesity is the manifestation of internal stress and to solve the obesity problem the various possible stressors must be investigated and uncovered with the right technology.

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