Brown Your Fat and Shape Your Gut
Intermittent fasting (which I’m a big proponent of) has been shown to increase browning of adipose tissue. Which basically means the metabolizing of fat. In this study the fasting/feeding schedule was an every other day fast. The results were promising, showing an increase in “…beige fat development within white adipose tissue and dramatically ameliorates obesity, insulin resistance, and hepatic steatosis.” The study also found that the fasting schedule significantly improved gut health via an increase in “…fermentation products acetate and lactate and to the selective upregulation of monocarboxylate transporter 1 expression in beige cells.”
Sugar, Drugs, Addiction
The ongoing opioid problem in the U.S. is very serious. One thing that hasn’t been mentioned in regards to the problem is sugar. Like so many health issues, sugar is a part of the opioid problem as well. Opioid addiction is associated with a poor diet in general and specifically with food high in refined sugars. A study attempted to find some causality instead of just correlations. In mice they found a diet high in high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) would “…dampen the reward associated with oxycodone and may therefore encourage consumption of higher quantities of the drug.”
Exercise And Gut Health
There is a lot of research being done regarding the gut microbiome as of late. Gut health is so important for so many processes in the body. One easy way to improve your gut health is to exercise. That’s it. A recent study found that exercise alone, independent of diet can improve gut health. That’s not to say that eating in a way to promote healthy gut bacteria is not also ideal, but one step at a time, I suppose. “Two studies — one in mice and the other in human subjects — offer the first definitive evidence that exercise alone can change the composition of microbes in the gut.” The exercise in this case, was “…cardiovascular exercise for 30-60 minutes three times a week for six weeks.” While the results were seen in both obese and lean participants, greater results were achieved in lean participants.