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Two “Skinny” Gut Bacterias found in healthy people…

10 August 2020

The digestive system is the chemical response system for the body.

Often what presents as a hormone imbalance in the body, is bacteria overgrowth in the gut lining masked as hormone imbalance.

What if I told you that there are two common gut bacterias found in people of healthy weight?

Several years ago an athlete required a faecal transplant from a family member for medical reasons.

She was at the top of her game before her health declined.

She was fit and healthy in terms of her body weight.

She had a problem in her colon that the doctors determined the best correction required a compatible faecal transplant.

About three months after her faecal transplant, she started putting on weight.

You see, her faecal donor was about 15 kilos overweight.

So she started training, and eating just like before the surgery to prepare for her next sports season, but she kept putting on weight.

Eight months after the transplant, she was 15 kilos overweight, despite her excellent diet and exercise.

She’d never been overweight before.

It was an anomaly that led a team of medical scientists to do a clinical study with obese mice by transplanting faecal matter from healthy, fit mice to obese mice.

What they found was amazing and supported many of the people in the clinical study to actually easily lose weight.

There were 2 key bacteria overgrowths found in lean people:

– Christensenella, and
– Akkermansia

By taking healthy faecal matter and transplanting it into an obese body, these two bacteria took harvest and supported weight loss in the obese bodies.

So let’s look at these two bacterias…

Christensenella is associated with your genetic makeup, meaning that to some extent, you have higher chances of finding this bacterium in your gut if your relatives have them too.

And akkermanisa is abundant in the microbiomes of lean people. Scientists think it could be promising for preventing obesity, which is now considered a global health epidemic.

Many of the symptoms associated with weight gain also come with hormone disruptions.

The trouble is that when the gut lining and hormones are out of balance, it’s very challenging to lose weight.

So why would someone not have enough christensenella and akkermanisa bacteria?

Believe it or not, antibiotics actually strip the gut lining of these two bacteria species.

Genetics also play a part.

But if you have ever taken antibiotics and found six months later that you started gaining weight, there’s a chance that the good bacteria may have been stripped out of your gut.

Combine that with normal chemical changes over time and an imperfect diet, and you may find yourself struggling to shed weight.

Getting your gut bacteria in balance is important for a multitude of reasons.

One of the assessments we do at the clinic for our patients suffering from stubborn weight gain, and especially from fatigue or brain fog, is a Gut Dysbiosis Map.

It helps us see if the bacteria levels are good or bad, and helps us map out a restoration of healthy gut function.

It also is very insightful if there are parasites, worms, or candida overgrowth, and provides insight into the level of damage and inflammation to the gut, a well as if there’s leaky gut and any resistance to any antibiotics.

Hormones often naturally come into balance as a result of treating the gut, because the chemicals in the body naturally are supported with the restoration of bacteria.

Pretty fascinating, right?

If you’d like to see how we can support your gut or support you in finally shedding kilos, please book in a Free Introductory Consultation with us here:

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