"What's bacteria got to do with it?" If you just did a Tina Turner Impression, high five!
One of the biggest lightbulb moments we've had getting on the Bulletproof Diet is how important gut bacteria is. Apparently, this is a key part of why the Bulletproof Coffee and the Bulletproof Diet works.
Studies have shown that our weight and what we crave has a lot to do with the bacteria in our gut, and is not limited to the calorie intake and exercise equation.
Gut bacteria influences what you crave, how much you overeat, insulin resistance and metabolic function.
These studies have shown a clear link between gut bacteria and metabolic disease, insulin resistance and the obesity epidemic.
They took the bacteria from the guts of obese mice and placed them in the guts of skinny mice and the results were astounding: the skinny mice ate more by 10 percent and became insulin resistant.
When they took the bacteria from the guts of the lean mice and implanted them in the guts of the obese mice, they in turn became leaner.
"Whether it's the bad gut bacteria that causes obesity or obesity that causes bad gut bacteria is still unknown, but there is evidence that the wrong kind of bacteria in your gut causes insulin resistance and inflammation. "
--The Bulletproof Diet Book, Dave Asprey
How does the Bulletproof Coffee affect gut bacteria?
The "skinny people" gut bacteria cannot be bought, and is not found in the usual probiotics, but it is produced by the body easily by eating foods that contain the natural food source which are polyphenols.
The drink works because first of all, coffee is the richest source of polyphenols in the Western Diet.
The butter also promotes these "skinny people" gut bacteria, and the MCT (which is known to be way more potent than regular virgin coconut oil, no matter how high-grade it is) is an intuitive anti-bacterial. This means it also combats the "fat people" bacteria that hijack our fat storage systems.
We share our bodies with a huge array of microorganisms. Many of these live in the intestine and number in the trillions (1). On page 228 in this issue, Vijay-Kumar et al. (2) show that the interaction between our immune system and these gut microbes plays an important role in the metabolic diseases that plague developed countries, with profound implications for the rise in obesity and what can be done about it.
-- Darleen A. Sandoval, Randy J. Seeley
The coffee not only promotes the generation of good "skinny people" bacteria, it also prevents the proliferation (and the consequent take over) of the bad "fat people" bacteria.
I don't want donuts or a Twix bar anymore!
This is why one of the marked effects the coffee and the diet (which is a guide to ensure the least inflammation and the promotion of good bacteria) has had on me is that I don't crave sugar anymore! I also find that gluten is not as appealing as it used to be.
If you had me pick between a donut and bibingka (gluten-free made from rice flour, a Filipino delicacy) before Bulletproof, I might have laughed in your face and stuffed the donut in my mouth. Now, however, it's not even a conscious effort to pick the better choice, but I really don't want the donut! (GASP!!!!)
It took a while though, but it's scientific and proven and it works. I started the coffee in February and the diet in April of 2015, and noticed the change in cravings some time in June. So hang in there!
Now, if you offer me a Twix bar these days (my weakness!), I honestly don't want it anymore (which is the stuff of the X-files if you knew pre-Bulletproof me) and I would rather eat an awesome 88% Dark Chocolate which I would have would never have touched!
I actually crave the good stuff! That is why the diet works -- there is no sense of being deprived, and it has effectively killed my appetite for the bad stuff.
I have "skinny people" bacteria in mah belleh!
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/328/5975/179.summary, http://www.sciencemag.org/content/328/5975/228.abstract, http://bulletproofdietbook.com/
Gut bacteria microscopic photo from http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2013/01/microbes/img/05-intestinal-bacteria-670.jpg
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