My Gut Bacteria: Step 1

The first step was testing to see what was actually going on in there. I used UBiome, which is a lab I not only believe in strongly, but am very excited by what they are doing. (not affiliated with them in any way, I just think they are some of the foremost experts in the world in bacterial testing)

The things I was focused on results wise are:Check them out: Here

1. My weight, it’s always been a struggle. I could eat only spinach and gain weight. It’s kept me extremely healthy in other ways because my diet is seriously amazing, but I’ve always been 20-30 pounds overweight and it bothers me. I work so hard, I exercise a lot and eat SO well, so it’s not like I don’t put in the work. That’s gut bacteria. You’ll see how come a little later in this post. Plus, I want french fries every so often without having to feel guilty about it.

2. Hashimoto’s Thyroidits: I don’t like having this. My antibodies attacking me sucks and there’s no cure. My extremely healthy diet, exercise and supplementation as well as low dose Naltrexone keep it in check so I don’t really have symptoms anymore,

but it’s still there (Thanking Ania Zegan at Brain and Body for lack of symptoms, she’s amazing).There’s a lot of indication that autoimmune disorders may actually stem from gut bacteria issues. I’m willing to test that theory on myself.

This is an ongoing journey for me and I will post my results as I get them, I’m about a year in at this point so for this post I’m going back to the beginning.

Here are my initial UBiome test results: Taken on 3/27/2015

For my purposes, I am going to focus right now on Firmicutes and Bacteriodetes.

Bacteriodetes:

 

 

 

 

 

Bacteriodetes are the “lean bacteria” and as you can see, my count is pretty low. The percent of my gut microbiome that is “lean bacteria” is only 27.51%. Great. Well at least there’s a pretty obvious reason why it’s so hard for me to lose weight.

Firmicutes:

 

 

 

 

 

Firmicutes are the, well, “fat bacteria.” As you can see, I have a lot of these. My gut bacteria started off at 66.32% Firmicutes. These percentages make it very hard for me to lose weight.

I realized, after looking at the results of this test, that at least for weight loss and overall bacterial health, I needed to change the ratios of these two types of bacteria.

So began my journey…

-E

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