Hey, this is Hayden the Microbiologist again. I’m back this week talking about these bad guys you don’t want in your gut.
The more I learn about the bacteria living in my gut microbiome, the more I realize that I’m not in control at all – the trillions of little guys in my gut are the ones telling my body what to do.
Wild Mood Swings???
Like that time last week when all of a sudden in the middle of the day I morphed into that worst version of myself that I try to keep under control, my inner monster – angry for no reason, snapping at anybody who dared to look at me.
You know what I mean, wild mood swings that seem to come out of nowhere?
Turns out that they’re coming from those pesky little microbes living in your gut…yet again, it all comes back to eating fermented veggies and kefir to keep those microbes in line.
Actually now that I think of it – this is the most useful thing I’ve learned yet!! I’m thinking of all the different situations where this knowledge could come in handy…
Late-night chocolate cravings: “You don’t understand. My microbes NEED THAT CHOCOLATE.”
Break-ups: “No, no, it’s not you. It’s my gut microbes. They’re just not that into you.”
All jokes aside, understanding just what your microbes are capable of could change your life.
6 Biggest Health Probs Caused by Pesky Gut Bacteria
It seems like the good microbes living in your gut have been getting all the attention lately, so let’s turn the tables and talk about the 6 biggest health problems caused by bad gut bacteria.
Bad Bacteria release a Toxin Called LPS
There are good bacteria and bad bacteria, and the bad bacteria can be distinguished from the good guys because they release toxins into your body.
One of them is called lipopolysaccharide, or LPS for short.
When a bad bacterium dies or reproduces in your gut, it releases LPS that can get into your bloodstream. Then your body starts to attack this toxin and your immune system is on overdrive trying to drive this toxin from your body.
Here’s 6 ways LPS can harm your body:
LPS lowers dopamine and serotonin, both needed to feel happy and fulfilled in life. Also, it can cause serious damage to parts of the brain called the hippocampus and amygdala, which causes early memory loss.
There’s a couple hormones your body produces to keep you from overeating, and LPS completely reverses them. It increases a hormone called Grehlin, which normally causes you to feel hunger and crave certain foods. It also messes with a hormone called Leptin that normally tells you you’re full and can stop eating. (Could this be a factor in the world’s obesity epidemic? Hmmm…)
LPS can even lower your thyroid stimulating hormones (TSH), which could lead to Hashimoto’s and other thyroid diseases.
Your liver and kidneys are the detox centers of your body – they neutralize toxins and clean you up after a night out on the town. But LPS completely interferes with their ability to detox since it’s such a powerful toxin itself.
Eczema, rosacea, acne and psoriasis, all linked to the toxins released by the bad gut bacteria in your microbiome.
Your Stress & Energy
Your adrenal glands produce stress hormones, for example, cortisol. LPS toxicity can send your adrenals into overdrive, eventually leading to chronic stress and fatigue.
How did you get the bad gut bacteria in the first place?
Bad gut bacteria looooove to eat all the foods you know you shouldn’t. Sugar and processed grains feed the bad bacteria so they grow and have trillions of other bad bacteria children.
Now you know why you get those cravings and why they’re so hard to resist…you’re being pressured by millions of microscopic creatures.
How to Get Rid of the bad gut bacteria
As long as you’re eating processed foods you’ll be feeding those bad guys and they’ll have no reason to leave, and you’ll constantly have toxins released in your body. Dr. Natasha McBride, founder of the GAPS diet, calls this a ‘river of toxicity’ flowing from your gut throughout your body.
So there’s 2 easy things you can do right now to balance your gut microbiome:
1. Starve out the bad guys: when you stop eating processed foods, you stop feeding the bad bacteria. They will literally starve and die off. That’s why some people actually get ‘die-off’ reactions after they remove processed foods from their diet; the huge release of LPS toxins from the dying gut bacteria can cause hives, fatigue, nausea and headaches.
2. Rebuild your gut with good bacteria: this is why fermented foods are such a necessary part of a healthy diet. Good probiotics found in foods like yogurt, kefir and sauerkraut, can live in your gut and help fight off the bad guys. Good probiotics actually release chemicals that kill bad microbes like the yeast Candida and the bacteria E. coli.
Do you think you may have a problem with bad gut bacteria?
Have you ever experienced any of these problems? Do you think it could be related to your gut bacteria?
If so, it’s time to take action!! I’d love for you to scroll down below this and leave your comment below – tell me what fermented food are you going to try next? Kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut?
When you share you inspire hundreds of others to prioritize their health, too!!
Love and hugs,