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Microbiome: How Colonic Flora May Contribute to Obesity

Nov 5, 2019 10:06:35 AM | Obesity Microbiome: How Colonic Flora May Contribute to Obesity

Gut flora and the microbiome contributes to overweight and obesity in this growing epidemic related to the metabolic syndrome.



Obesity is one of the major and serious health concern, caused by a combination of consuming energy-dense foods and less physical activity. During the past few years, gut Microbiome has been viewed as a cause of obesity and alterations in gut flora. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, gut flora might be healthy for some people, but for others, it is increasing the risk of obesity. The amino acids in human blood might be connected to both obesity and the formation of Gut Microbiome.


The Relationship between Obesity and Gut Microbiota

The bacteria present in the gut not only play a significant role in digestion but they also play a major role in whether a person becomes obese. In obese people, less fecal bacterial range is linked with more inclusive adiposity and dyslipidemia, impaired glucose homeostasis and high-grade inflammation. The human gut Microbiota (100 trillion cells) mostly Gram-positive and anaerobic are distinctive to each person, highly variable and remarkably stable after the first year of life. Despite this distinctiveness and diversity, there is are very less number of microbial phyla. Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes account for more than 90%. Greater Firmicutes and fewer Bacteroidetes alter the bacterial genes and affect the metabolic pathways.


Why is Gut Health Important?

In the 21st century, having an optimal gut health is one of the prominent focus. An imbalanced Microbiome can cause different problems including obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart diseases, and allergies and so on. A healthy gut is vital to your complete health and is linked with everything which occurs in your body. The gut is a vast chemical factory which helps in food digestion, produce vitamins, control hormones, excrete toxins, produce curative compounds and keep it healthy. An optimal gut health begins with a proper diet that directly affects its balance. A diet containing a lot of fiber, protein, and fats is necessary for a balanced gut. Fats such as omega 3 and monounsaturated fats such as olive oil, avocados, and almonds improve the health of gut flora. Whereas the provocative fats like omega 6 promote the growth of bad microbes which cause obesity and other health problems.







Written By: Anthony Starpoli