It’s no secret that our western diet is full of processed foods that are devoid of any meaningful nutrients. Whilst we eat an enormous amount (normally because our body keeps craving nutrients), we are in fact suffering from malnutrition.
Who would have thought with an increasing number of obese and over weight people?
Obese But Suffering From Malnutrition
Hypothetically, if an apple has 5 grams of the daily nutrients you need and a burger has 1 gram, you will need to eat 5 burgers to get the same nutrient as an apple. Now I know this is a simplistic way to look at it, but our bodies are not any the wiser as to what foods you eat, it just wants to fill the nutrient voids.
Whether you get it by eating more junk food as oppose to eating healthy preferably organic foods to fill in that void, your body leaves that decision up to you. Just as long as it gets what it wants.
So your brain may say a diet of high processed foods is a tasty and hassle free way to eat, your body just says ‘that’s fine, but we need more to fill in the gaps’. Which inevitably leads to being over weight and obesity.
Gut Health – Not to be Ignored
What is coming to light also is how processed foods is destroying all the good gut bacteria we need to maintain good metabolic health. For centuries, foods such as kefir, natto and fermented vegetables have been a staple in many diets, but fast foods pushed all these traditional foods to the wayside.
In a recent article written by Dr. Mercola, an advocate of increasing beneficial gut bacteria for weight maintenance, delaying the aging process and avoiding diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular ailments:
Recent studies have repeatedly demonstrated that the makeup of your intestinal flora can have a powerful impact on your weight, and your propensity to gain or lose weight. For example, lean people tend to have higher amounts of various healthy bacteria compared to obese people. One 2011 animal study9 even suggested that daily intake of a specific form of lactic acid bacteria could help prevent obesity and reduce low-level inflammation. Probiotics have also been found to benefit metabolic syndrome, which often goes hand-in-hand with obesity. This makes sense since both are caused by a diet high in sugars, which leads to insulin resistance, fuels the growth of unhealthy bacteria and promotes chronic inflammation, and packs on excess weight.
Aging and Gut Health
Memory loss that is often associated with aging can also be caused by lack of good gut health. Aging does not necessarily mean your brain will lose its faculty, in fact, there are alot of elderly people as sharp as rock. Studies are showing however, that gut health is linked with brain function, moods and behavioral patterns.
Sylvia Onusic, PhD, CNS, LDN writes in her extensive and well worth reading article:
“[T]he fact is that a large number of Americans, living mostly on devitalized processed food, are suffering from malnutrition. In many cases, this means their brains are starving…
Making things worse are excitotoxins so prevalent in the food supply, such as MSG and aspartame. People who live on processed food and who drink diet sodas are exposed to these mind-altering chemicals at very high levels.
… Modern commentators are blind to the solution, a solution that is in plain sight: clearly defining good nutrition and putting it back into the mouths of our children, starting before they are even conceived… because food is information and that information directly affects your emotions, nervous system, brain and behavior.”
Drinking kombucha tea which has a lot of probiotic goodness will help increase healthy gut bacteria. The kombucha mushroom is a living organism full of yeast and good bacteria that will keep your gut functioning at an optimal level.
Now that does not mean you can go out and eat a load of fast processed foods and wash it down with a glass of kombucha thinking ‘that’s my bit of probiotics for today’; you need to nature your gut health, like you nurture your skin’s health for example and make sure that your gut is not inflamed and compromised with too many bad bacterias.
- Gut bacteria transplant in obesity battle (stuff.co.nz)
- Your Gut Bacteria May Predict Your Obesity Risk (nlm.nih.gov)
- Organic food saves bowel bacteria (bigpondnews.com)