Our Microbiome and Short Chain Fatty Acids (SCFA’s)
In many ways, we are as healthy as our Microbiome. What is the Microbiome?
Our Microbiome is the trillions of bacteria that live mostly in our gut but also on our skin, in our mouth, throat, sinus, and in the urogenital tract.
Some researchers conclude that up to 90 percent of all diseases can be traced in some way back to the health of our gut microbiome. Our microbiome is home to trillions of microbes, diverse bacteria that help govern nearly every function of the human body in some way. The importance of our gut microbiome cannot be overstated: Poor gut health can contribute to leaky gut syndrome and autoimmune diseases and disorders like arthritis, diabetes, dementia, heart disease, and cancer, while our health, fertility and longevity are also highly reliant on the balance of critters living within our intestines. 3000 new strains of bacteria have been discovered so far.
Human Health = diversity of microbiome = diversity creates immune tolerance
We need Short Chain Fatty Acids (SCFA’s) from diversity of our microbiome. Diversity of plant fibers in our diet boosts SCFA’s production & diversity of microbiome, High amounts of pesticides, antibiotics in meat, dairy, and processed foods harm the microbiome leading to loss of diversity
Americans have the LEAST diverse microbiomes in the world with more autoimmune diseases than all cancer and Cardiovascular combined!
· We get most of our nutrients from our microbiomes – not from our food or supplements. B-vitamins, Vitamin K, folic acid made by gut bacteria.
o Post-biotics are what microbiome produce – eg. SCFA’s
o Diverse microbiome converts plant foods to powerful anti-carcinogenic enzymes.
o Declining microbiome diversity predicts loss of function/health as people age
o You Can change microbiome in 3 days – eg. Netflix video binge, little sleep, lots of junk food and alchohol
- Junk Food, lack of veggie fiber
- Terrible Diet, lack of exercise
- Stress – poor sleep, too many fright or adrenalin-junkie action movies
The Most exciting is research showing how gut microbiome can create diabetes
o Lack of diversity of microbiome = extract more energy from food we eat = high blood sugars and weight gain of human host
o Optimal health with lots of microbiome diversity = microbiome gets first shot at our calories and consumes many of our calories first. Help us manage our energy absorption, blood sugar regulation, and body composition so we stay lean easily.
How Do We Boost Intestinal SCFA’s? I
o Support a more diverse microbiome to make more SCFA’s
o Consume more diverse plant food fiber sources (not meat)
o Celery, bok choi, turnips, kale, beets, brussel spouts, etc.
Benefits of More Microbiome Diversity & Intestinal SCFA’s? I
o Signals appetite control
o Lack of diversity, low SCFA’s = always hungry, never satisfied
o Increased diversity, higher SCFA’s = satisfied, less hunger – quickly
· Affects brain function: low diversity tilts us towards anxiety & depression
· Burns fat more effectively for weight loss
o Improved insulin resistance – support lean, low body fat
· Makes tight junction proteins – for gut repair:autoimmune, many food allergies, chem sensitive patients
· Reduces inflammation in the gut, brain, and body
· Enhances immune tolerance to food, chemicals, and self – especially important in autoimmune disease, chemical sensitivity, and food allergies
How do We Boost Microflora Diversity & SCFA levels?
o Eat LOTS of veggies for the fiber. Eat new and different veggies.
o Try new veggies each visit to the market. Add to a Vitamix/blender and enjoy.
o Do NOT do juicing – it removes the critically important fiber
o Mimimize refined sugars and avoid antibiotics and pesticides when possible
Supplementsto boost diversity and SCFA’s:
o Enterovite – the 3 critical SCFA’s in the proper ratio. Can create benefits 1st day of use for those with low microflora diversity.
o Trizomal Glutathione – best tool to reduce gut inflammation that damages diversity
o Apex AD – specific ratio of Vitamin A and D shown to boost immune tolerance