Kiran Krishnan is a research microbiologist who focuses his attention on the microbiome of the human body

57- Weight Loss and the Microbiome Connection with Kiran Krishnan

By Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

September 5, 2018

The gut microbiome is one of the most powerful regions of the human body. A lot of research is coming out about the importance of the bacteria in the body, and Kiran Krishnan is one of the researchers leading the way for all of us.

The microbiome is made of around 1500 different strains of bacteria that all work together to keep the body healthy. Of the 1500 strains, we only understand around 10% of their total functionality.

With more research coming out every single day, soon we will be able to understand how each strain of bacteria impacts the body.

Can the Microbiome Cause Health Issues and Weight Gain

Research is showing that an imbalance of bacteria in the gut can cause a lot of health issues that we see on the rise today. With an increase in antibiotic use and exposure to pesticide-rich foods (which you can learn more about here), the microbiome is under more assault then it ever has been.

The use of antibiotics has been shown to increase weight in cattle. In fact, many cattle farms use antibiotics not only to reduce chances of disease, but also to make the cattle increase weight faster. This has also been shown to happen in humans, and with an imbalanced microbiome, weight gain can also occur.

But have no fear, the microbiome is very resilient and with the proper care, it can bounce back. In this episode, Kiran Krishnan and I discuss:

»How does the microbiome impact the overall functions of the body

»What the microbiome is like in different regions of the body, such as the genitals

»Why are Bacillus Endospores important for the recovery of the good bacteria in the gut

»Do fermented foods actually provide probiotics

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  • [1:45] What projects has Kiran been a part of and what got him interested in the microbiome
  • [4:30] How is the microbiome helping the body to function
  • [7:00] What are the 3.5 million genes that are considered to be functional genes
  • [8:15] Of the thousand or so bacteria we have discovered in the gut, how many of them have we studied and understand what they do within the body
  • [9:15] Are the strains of bacteria the same in different locations of the body, or is each area different
  • [11:30] You are the second person who I have talked to that has mentioned the microbiome of the eye, the first being Dr. Harvey Fishman, and it is neat to see multiple people looking at the microbiome of the eye
  • [13:15] Soaking a wound in water can actually help to speed up healing time because of the increase in microbes
  • [14:45] What happens to the microbiome when it is out of balance
  • [17:15] What would cause the good bacteria in the body to be out of balance
  • [21:30] If you have been on an antibiotic, what strains of probiotics would be recommended to repopulate the gut
  • [25:00] When you add in the Bacillus Endospores, how long does it take to repopulate the gut with the good bacteria
  • [26:30] Does Bacillus Endospores help to repopulate the microbiome in other areas of the body such as the genital region
  • [29:00] What strains of bacteria should be populated in the genital region
  • [31:15] Supplementing probiotics for women could make yeast and bacterial infections worse, so how should a woman properly supplement probiotic strains to repopulate the vaginal region
  • [33:30] Is the gut the main hub for the microbiome of the rest of the body
  • [35:00] How does the microbiome impact the way people lose weight or gain weight
  • [38:00] Antibiotic use is known to cause weight gain, so when your immune system is suppressed and you get sick, then you go and get an antibiotic, then it can cause weight gain
  • [40:45] Is it better to target the leaky gut before adding in probiotics, or would you use probiotics first
  • [43:30] When starting on a leaky gut protocol do you increase the spore-based probiotics
  • [45:15] Does fermented foods actually provide probiotics, or is this a misconception that people don't fully understand yet
  • [48:15] Fermented foods are considered to be a prebiotic instead of a probiotic
  • [50:00] Spore-based probiotics are able to survive when exposed to heat and light
  • [53:45] Is it beneficial to use tests such as Viome or Ubiome, or are these tests just showing you information about your gut without providing enough information to do anything about it
  • [57:00] I would assume the bacteria in the stool is dependent upon the food you ate and the bacteria that binded to that food

Learn More About Kiran Krishnan

Website: Microbiome Labs , Microbiome Blog

Social Media: Facebook , Youtube , Instagram

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Kiran Krishnan teaches how to optimize the microbiome of the body to lose weight and improve health

Kiran Krishnan teaches how to optimize the microbiome of the body to lose weight and improve health

Kiran Krishnan teaches how to optimize the microbiome of the body to lose weight and improve health

About the author

Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

Bryan Carroll is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Movement Therapist who helps the outdoors community to reduce injuries and improve their health so they can get back to exploring nature. His big health crisis from mold exposure taught him the importance of finding the root causes to illnesses so you can take back control of your life. He is also the host of the Summit For Wellness Podcast.

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