Does a Low-Carb Diet Work Against the Health Benefits of Probiotics?
Many people turn to low-carb diets to lose weight. This may be an improvement over diets full of processed foods, but you still need healthy carbohydrates to feed the beneficial bacteria in your intestines that can protect you from cancer.
Low-carbohydrate diets, like the Atkins and South Beach diets, were once fashionable and are still somewhat popular for people who want to lose weight quickly.
But Scottish researchers report that low-carb diets actually harm your intestinal health!
And on top of that, these low-carb diets do not work and are unwise and inadvisable over the long term, even for your weight loss goals. To find out more, read: The Risks of Consuming Typical Grains & the Healthy Grains to Choose Instead.
The Carbohydrate/Probiotic Connection
When you think of probiotics, you may think of probiotic supplements or even our probiotic liquids. However, probiotics also refers to the healthy, live microflora (beneficial bacteria and yeast) that live in your intestines and keep you healthy and strong.
A recent study found that low-carbohydrate weight loss diets reduced the number of certain kinds of bacteria in your intestines.
One kind of beneficial bacteria, bifidobacteria, were particularly affected. This is a problem because beneficial bacteria in your gut producebutyrate.
Butyrate is a short chain fatty acid that serves as an anti-inflammatory and “fuel of choice” for the cells lining the colon. It is vital for your intestinal health and helps prevent colon cancer.1
Doctors are concerned that people on low-carb diets may not have enough good bacteria in their intestines to produce protective butyrate, possibly putting them at risk for cancer.
Feed Your Beneficial Bacteria
Fortunately, the easiest way to encourage the growth of immune-boosting beneficial bacteria in your body is to feed them!
Think of your intestines as their own inner ecosystem, full of good bacteria and yeast (microflora). A processed foods diet, with too much protein and sugar and low in healthy carbohydrates, can throw off the balance of your ecosystem, decrease the population of beneficial bacteria and put you at risk for disease.
In fact, you end up feeding bad bacteria and yeast instead. This is one reason people are susceptible to the systemic fungal infection, candida.
The Body Ecology system for health and healing provides a wide variety of truly healthy low-sugar, mineral-rich carbohydrates to nourish your body and feed the healthy microflora in your inner ecosystem. (These would be low-sugar fruits, vegetables and grain-like seeds)
In addition, the 7 healthy eating principles and therapeutic yet delicious foods (like those healthy carbohydrates, unrefined, organic fats and oils, fermented foods and beverages and high quality proteins ) included in the Body Ecology system also work to eliminate viral and fungal infections and boost your immunity.
In a sense, food becomes your natural medicine to bring your body back into balance, including nature’s best immune booster, fermented foods and drinks.
With Body Ecology, you can lose weight naturally WITHOUT sacrificing your immunity.
Body Ecology is low-carb done the right way because it emphasizes a balanced amount of “grains” (that are actually seeds with grain-like properties), vegetables and proteins in a comprehensive approach to health AND weight loss.
There is no need to drastically cut nourishing foods out of your life or load up on proteins. Instead, Body Ecology recommends a step-by-step approach to achieving your optimal health.
Learn more about how to feed the beneficial bacteria in your gut with health-enhancing carbohydrates and other Body Ecology recommended foods by reading: Why Prebiotics are Essential to Your Heart Health & Immune System.
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Volume 73, Number 4, Pages 1073-1078. “Reduced Dietary Intake of Carbohydrates by Obese Subjects Results in Decreased Concentrations of Butyrate and Butyrate-Producing Bacteria in Feces.” Authors: S.H. Duncan, A. Belenguer, G. Holtrop, A.M. Johnstone, H.J. Flint, and G.E. Lobley