If you think bariatric surgery works via shrinking the stomach so less food, fewer calories, therefore, weight loss. Listen up that’s not the mechanism.
Bariatric surgery or gastric bypass changes the composition of the gut and changes the gut hormones, and as such, it helps to balance insulin resistance, helps to control appetite, and change inflammation. As a side note full-blown, insulin type-2 diabetics, 12 hours after surgery is reversed (when subjects haven’t eaten any meal, so it’s not related to the foods that they’re eating).
Actually, all the new diabetic drugs in the pipeline right now are going after the so-called gut hormones or called “incretin hormones” Januvia is one, Byetta is another drug.
Dr. Andrew Arnold says, ‘Studies have also shown that when you’re on a low-calorie diet—one study was less than 1,200, another study looked at less than 1,600 calories, you shut down these gut hormones for up to 18 months!’
And what is that doing? That’s causing systemic insulin resistance. When you’re insulin-resistant, you can’t burn fat, that’s why it’s so critical to have proper blood sugar regulation, and moreover, these gut hormones control appetite and inflammation. When you’re inflamed, you’re insulin-resistant.
Low-calorie diets, dysbiosis or gut bacterial imbalances, experiences like cesarean section delivery, lack of breastfeeding, exposure to proton-pump inhibitors, NSAIDS, all these different compounds perturb the gut microbiome, which enables the gut microbiome to extract more calories from the food eaten. when you’re eating, you’re not just eating for your body, you’re eating for your microbiome, which as many knows are outnumbering the number of human cells in our body, 100 to 1; our microbe has 150-300 more DNA than our cells and is just as metabolically active as the liver!
Be mindful and chew your food to activate these gut hormones that will help process the foods that we eat better and improve blood sugar regulation.
Practice your stress reduction-based therapies, shop local, buy local, avoid GMO foods at all cost because those are going to trash your gut.
The foods that we consume are instructing the bacteria in our gut, and the genes—the genetic expression—of those bacteria.
The best diet is a very fiber-rich, low-carb diet with foods that are prebiotic specifically things like, Jerusalem artichoke, dandelion greens, jicama (which is Mexican yam). These contain a lot of something called “inulin” it’s a high carbohydrate, but it’s not digestible. We don’t digest that fiber. It’s fuel for our bifidobacteria in the gut.
Eat a diet rich in polyphenols, found in colorful fruits and vegetables they feed our good guys called Bacteroides and whats more our bad bacteria the Firmicutes cannot actually use polyphenols for fuel so think green tea, dark chocolate, red wine, berries, turmeric.
Focus also on various fermented probiotic foods like kimchi (which is a Korean food), pickled foods, Greek yogurt, drinking kombucha, adding in prebiotic foods to enhance the growth of good bacteria. Be super careful about your exposure to things that traumatize the gut in terms of the bacteria like antibiotics and drink water that doesn’t contain chlorine. At Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness, our Naturopaths can also prescribe nutrients that enhance these incretin hormones, resveratrol being one of the key players.
About the Author:
Dr. Andrew Arnold is a Chiropractor at Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre.