Gut Bacteria and The Human Microbiome

When talking about the benefits of resistant starch, it all comes down to feeding the gut bugs that make up the human microbiome.

For more explanation, here's an article about the human microbiome in The Economist.

Hormones, Chemistry and Long-Term Weight Gain

"Long-term fat gain works like this: a person’s hormones go haywire, causing his set-point to rise, and then his body fights to keep him storing more fat…. Most obese people hold a stable weight around their elevated set-point. Obesity is simply the result of the body defending this elevated weight – but in a very regulated way. A heavy person’s higher set-point prompts the body to store more fat in just the same way that a thin person’s lower set-point prompts the body to burn more fat. We all have a set-point - and that’s what determines how slim or stocky we are long-term. Not calorie counting." - Jonathan Bailor, researcher and author

What Is Resistant Starch?

Resistant starch is a starch that isn’t broken down and absorbed during the digestion process. Instead it's turned into short-chain fatty acids by intestinal bacteria, feeding the friendly bacteria in the gut.

It can have a positive effect on blood sugar, especially for type 2 diabetics. Resistant starch can also cause you to feel fuller and more satisfied, leading to weight loss.

Best of all, resistant starch can improve overall gut health.

Many people have reported deeper sleep, vivid dreaming and bathroom regularity from adding resistant starch to their daily routine.

To keep it simple, I take a spoonful of Bob's Red Mill Potato Starch first thing in the morning. Then before going to bed, I take two spoonfuls of it. You can get a bag for $4 or $5 at just about any grocery store.

Another option is to eat a baked potato. To get resistant starch from that baked potato, bake it, cool it in the fridge, then reheat it later.

Personally, I have experienced better bowel movements and deeper sleep. I also seem to have lesser cravings throughout the day.

Interesting how much of our health boils down to a healthy gut, isn't it?

To learn more about resistant starch and the importance of gut health, check out the following blog posts:

- Resistant Starch 101 – Everything You Need to Know

- Fat Head » Revisiting Resistant Starch: Part One

- Definitive Guide to Resistant Starch | Mark's Daily Apple

- Resistant Starch - Free The Animal

- 7 Things You Had No Idea Gut Bacteria Could Do

P.S. Does resistant starch also help with pollen and allergies?

To read more, check out Pollen Is Not The Problem.
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